Knicks leaning towards Porzingis in starting lineup
Derek Fisher has expressed interest in keeping Kristaps Porzingis in the starting lineup for opening night. This decision seemed likely due to the chemistry of the second unit that has been playing basketball at a high level throughout the preseason. Porzingis will slot in at the power forward position and will join a front court of Carmelo Anthony and Robin Lopez, while Jose Calderon and Arron Afflalo start the season as primary ball handlers.
This starting lineup is full of veteran talent that can help Porzingis grow as a player while not being the sole focus of defenses. The floor will be spaced nicely with shooters at all positions making this a potentially impressive starting lineup.
The second unit of the New York Knicks however, has been absolutely spectacular. Jerian Grant and Langston Galloway have developed together into their own backcourt tandem full of perimeter defense and shooting. Derrick Williams has showed flashes of his potential, shooting 58.8% from the field and 47.1% from 3 point land. He’s been extremely efficient in his 21.6 minutes per game, scoring 16.6 in those minutes. With a defined roll, we are excited to see Derrick Williams remotely living up to his potential. Additionally, Kyle O’Quinn has been one of the most exciting players on the floor every night. His Point Guard style court vision and passing ability has really stood out. Kevin Seraphin has acted as a solid defensive presence at the 5 and has a very pretty jump hook that seems to be hitting at a high clip.
This team looks exciting and has developed some solid chemistry already. Look for the Knicks to be significantly more competitive than previous seasons.