The Knicks did not really make any flashy free agent signings this past off season but did add significant some role players to play with star Carmelo Anthony who have helped the team start to turn things around in the second year of the Phil Jackson/Derek Fisher ERA. Among those signings are Arron Afflalo who is averaging 13.2 points a game, Robin Lopez averaging over six rebounds a game, and Derrick Williams who exploded for 24 points off the bench back on the season’s opening night.
Some of the Knicks who were on the roster a year ago have shown great improvement including Jose Calderon who is second on the team in three point shooting average knocking down 40.4 % of his three point attempts, he only trails anothor Knick from a year ago Langston Galloway who had a three point shooting average of 45% and is averaging 9.1 points a game off the bench.
Carmelo Anthony of course may be seen as the superstar on the roster, and the leader of the team. He is leading the team with 22.1 points per game, yet he has not been the Knick with the biggest impact on the team.
That would be the rookie sensation that was booed by most Knicks fans on draft night when he was taken by Phil Jackson with the NBA Draft’s fourth overall pick Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis has been one of the NBA’s best players in the early going of the NBA season. The “7 3” foot power forward has averaged 13.7 points a game leads the team with an average 9.3 rebounds a game has knocked down three point shots at a 30% average and has made some poster style slam dunks. Porzingis has become such a fan favorite that his jersey is on back order on almost all sports merchandise websites.
This new face Knicks team is far from a title contender but in a wide open Eastern Conference may be able to compete for a 7th or 8th seed playoff spot, and should be a fun team to watch as the season rolls on.