Kristaps Porzingis Already Challenging Carmelo Anthony As Knicks’ Best Player

January 27th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Kristaps Porzingis is the best NBA rookie not named Karl-Anthony Towns. He's also the best New York Knicks player not named Carmelo Anthony.

Or, wait—is he actually the Knicks' best player, period?

This might feel like a loaded, if irrational, question to pose less than 50 games into Porzingis' career. But from a big-picture perspective, he's the Knicks' most indispensable talent.

It's too soon to call Carmelo Anthony a No. 2 option—but that transition sure is inevitable and shockingly imminent.


Superstar Tendencies

Porzingis has been good enough, for long enough, to make the debate legitimate. He's started every game and owns the highest rookie player efficiency rating in Knicks franchise history. Porzingis is also one of two players this season who has buried at least 10 total three-pointers while clearing 17 points, nine rebounds and 2.5 blocks per 36 minutes.

His company?

Anthony Davis.

But Porzingis hasn't yet paired his offensive potential with efficiency. His true shooting percentage falls be ...

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