Despite the fact that New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis will be out for a considerable portion of the season, rookie Kevin Knox will begin his development in preparation of creating a dynamic duo with the unicorn.
Porzingis is still slowly easing his way back into physical activity – he’s been training in Lativa with head coach David Fizdale for the past few weeks. The Knicks will undoubtedly be considering next season as a re-build year, with a ton of youth that requires NBA experience and knowledge to take their game to the next level.
In other words, they’re playing for 2019, and with Porzingis back to full-health, the team will be hopeful towards earning a playoff birth.
How will Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Knox team up on the New York Knicks?
The two forwards will have to adapt to eacothers style of play, as Kristaps tends to be more of a shooter and rim rattler while Knox uses his length and athleticism to drive to the hoop. Both are more than capable of scoring at will, but Knox will have to work on his defense to become a well-rounded player.
Passing between the two will be an essential factor of their production, as their height (7-foot-3 KP and 6-foot-9 KN) allow them to play close to the rim and increase their shot percentages. They will work off the point guard and keep the opposing defense honest. Last season, Porzingis was the safety net for a team that lacked offensive and defensive quality throughout the season.
Knox will have to learn quickly if the Knicks wish to see any kind of success in the months ahead, but we should allow him the necessary time to efficiently take on the rookie speed bumps.