The Carmelo Anthony trade is the best thing that could have happened to Porzingis and the Knicks. The Unicorn has taken lead of this team and is averaging 30.2 points per game on 50% shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 1 assist and is shooting 82.6% from the free throw line. After talks of leaving this past summer due to displeasure with Phil Jackson, I bet the organization is glad they made the decision to part ways with Jackson instead. They realized he was a bully who was trying to drive away their best players, and he succeeded with Anthony; though they weren’t going to let him drive away their Unicorn. Smart move.
Porzingis has scored 30+ points in almost every game this season. He dropped an impressive 40 points against the Pacers on Sunday, helping the Knicks to a 108-101 win. On Tuesday he saved his team with a tie-breaking three-pointer with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter against the Hornets. He would then help his team go up another two points with 11 seconds left before Courtney Lee closed it out with a couple of free throws led Knicks are now 6-4, making them over .500 for the first time since the 2012-2013 season. No doubt they have been exciting to watch now that the smoke has cleared (Dolan/Phil Jackson/Carmelo/etc. issues), but the cast of First Take on ESPN wonders if the Unicorn can sustain this level of performance. This could be a valid point, considering he has relatively the same stature as Yao Ming, and one; they went on to win 118-113.
The Porzingis- could argue that Ming’s size contributed to a lot of his lower body injuries (over time of course, with all the wear and tear). But I guess only time will tell. The Knicks head to Orlando tonight, seeking their fourth straight win against Gordon and the Magic, who look to bounce back after losing two straight.