A Wheeler’s Opinion: Will the Knicks Finally Make the Playoffs?

They might. Or not

Kristaps Porzingis is no doubt, the new face of the Knicks. 
Heading into a season which started off by the New York Knicks finally parting ways with star forward, Carmelo Anthony who was sent off to the Oklahoma City Thunder via a trade that assembled another Big 3 in the West, the future of the Knicks- a team that used to spend big amount of time during the past few seasons, dwelling in the bottom of the East, looked gloomier, at least from the outside owing to the fact that they’ve just lost Anthony, an elite scorer. One may think that they will eventually return to the bottom at the end of the current season.
But no, folks!
At 8-7, the Knicks are currently at 9th place in the East, just a place behind the Eastern Conference champions, Cleveland Cavaliers. A few weeks ago, they were in the top 5 until their inconsistencies started to fire back and in effect, they’ve lost two of their last 3 games which include a 104-101 defeat at the hands of LeBron James and company. But that doesn’t make the Knicks a bad team either because they also beat the Cavs early on. So if you can beat a super team like the Cavs, then there’s no way you cannot beat other teams, right?
So here’s the question: Can Kristaps Porzingis lead the Knicks back into the playoffs?

Might. And Might Not

Make no mistake, folks. The departure of Carmelo Anthony finally enabled Kristaps Porzingis to show the world what he can actually do. He has become the leading scorer of the team, averaging 27 points per game- 4th in the league and 2nd among power forwards. He is also averaging 7 rebounds and 3 blocks per night and that’s a respectable stat-line, right?

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If anything, Kristaps Porzingis MIGHT be one of the reasons why the Knicks MIGHT have a chance at a return trip to the playoffs but let’s not forget that he’s not alone either. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 17 points per game. Enes Kanter, a player that the Thunder traded for Anthony, is playing quality basketball for New York, averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds per game. One may even say that this is the most competitive the Knicks have become over the years. 

Conclusion

However, despite the emergence of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks might not make the playoffs, again, due to their inconsistencies. Yes, they beat the Cavs and yet they lost to the Houston Rockets. Mind you, folks. The Knicks also dropped their opening game against the Thunder. If you want to make the playoffs, you have to compile as many wins as you can and that includes wins against elite teams. Why? Making the playoffs is one thing. Making a deep run through the playoffs is entirely another thing. 

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 Kristaps Porzingis’ Crazy Explosive 17


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Dirk Nowitzki and Kristaps Porzingis are Together Practicing in Africa

Dirk Nowitzki and Kristaps Porzingis, The Past and The Future

Dirk Nowitzki at 39 years old is at the tail end of his career while Kristaps Porzingis at 22 is a rising superstar. Both players are together now in Africa for an exhibition game.
Nowitzki, a 9th overall pick by the Bucks, yes, he was drafted by the Bucks then traded to Dallas on draft night for Pat Garrity. One of those defining moments when a team lets go of a superstar.  Dirk has achieved a lot of great things and has spent his entire career for a team that wanted him from the start. Yes, he is no longer a game changer in the league but he is still producing great numbers that any teams in the NBA would want .
Kristaps Porzingis is about to inherit a kingdom that would be left behind by a disgruntled Carmelo Anthony. This Bigman has some Dirk like game and he could become a game changing player in the NBA.

Kristaps Approved: Kyrie Irving to New York Knicks

Kristaps Approved: Kyrie Irving to New York

President Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry are convinced that they have the new franchise player in New York in the name of Kristaps Porzingis.
It is very likely that Carmelo Anthony is on his way out which leaves Kristaps in charge of the house. Being the main man has its perks and one of them is having a bigger voice to the direction of the organization.
Kristaps the fourth pick overall all of 2015 has been turning heads with his all around performance that is very Nowitzki like. Averaging 18 points and 7 rebounds per game last year, the Unicorn would get a big boost if he plays along side Kyrie Irving and he knows it.
Imagine Kyrie Irving and Kristaps Porzingis in New York!

Kristaps Porzingis is Frustrated, Will He Also Go?

Sad Unicorn, Do Not Like Drama
There is no denying that Kristaps Porzingis is the heir to New York Knicks. With Carmelo Anthony impending departure, Kristaps could be up for a bigger role and be the franchise player.
Porzingis has a 4 year contract with the Knicks and a team option for 2018-2019. But what if the Unicorn is unhappy too?
Kristaps who averages 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks is showing early frustration as he did not attend the exit meeting of the Knicks. According to news, he is not a fan of the management publicly humiliating the current franchise player (Melo).
Obviously, he likes Melo and could be taking sides in the drama.
The New York Knicks have dug themselves a hole and it looks like they could be back to zero once again.
This is a tragic story.
For the meantime, let’s make this story worthwhile by watching some highlights of Kristaps Porzingis.

The Future You See is The Future You Get, Kristaps Porzingis: Dream

New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis recounts his childhood dream of making it to the NBA.

That was a dream of mine since I was a kid. At the end of the day, anything is possible—even coming from a small village in Latvia.


“Kristaps Porzingis: Dream” tells the story of Kristaps Porzingis accomplishing his childhood dream of playing basketball in the NBA. There is great power in having dreams to strive for, and if you are willing to take on the challenges that come with your dreams, you can be a beast.

(video courtesy of NBA)

Watch Kristaps Porzingis Beats Gordon Hayward, wins the 2017 All Star Weekend Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Porzingod! The most exciting thing to ever happen for New York Knicks this year! Gone are the days of guards dominating the skills challenge. The 22-year-old Latvian 4th round overall draft pick has been making a case and by now New Yorkers and NBA fans can all agree that he is the future of NBA.
New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, AKA The Unicorn, shows off his skills and wins the 2017 All Star Weekend Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Top 10 3-Point Shooting Centers In The NBA

Check out the NBA’s best Three-Point Shooting Centers In The 2016 – 2017 NBA Season! Usually there are only three positions in the NBA that are designated for 3-point shooting. But the changed a lot during the last few years and therefore we are also having NBA Centers shooting 3-pointers! I even think that it’s possible that a nba center can belong to the top 10 nba 3-point shooters. 
Here are the Top 10 Three-Point Big Men in the NBA: Kristaps Porzingis, DeMarcus Cousins, Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns, Serge Ibaka and Al Horford. 

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NBA Early Prediction: Most Improve Player

There are a lot of changes this off season and there’s a lot of player who will have a chance of showing their real skills.

Here are the top 3 players on my mind that will have a big jump in terms of their stats.

1. Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks): This guys was spectacular in the record breaking run of the Warriors last season. He was the 4th best player in that team behind the Big 3 (Curry, Thompson and Green). He has a limited playing time in that team due to Iguodala’s defensive role with them.

Barnes signed with Dallas Mavericks last summer and it looks like a very good move for his career. He will now be a starter in that team and will have a plenty of playing time to show his real skills.

Last Season Average: 10.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game
Predicted Next Season Average: 17 points and 7 rebounds per game

2. Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks): Who will forget the Rookie who had been bashed throughout the draft day to pre-season games by the fans? And who will forget the Rookie who finished 2nd in the Rookie of the Year award last season behind Karl Anthony-Towns? That kid is Kristaps Porzingis, this kid averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game while playing alongside with Carmelo Anthony.

I predict that Kristaps will be a big factor of Knick’s success this season, He will not have a very big jump in terms of his stats but the reason why I ranked him 2nd is his effect to the team.

Last Season Average: 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game

Predicted Next Season Average: 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game

3. Dennis Schröder (Atlanta Hawks): Known as the backup point guard of Jeff Teague, this player was one of the best defensive players in the league while contributing 11 points and 4.4 assists per game and playing limited minutes for Atlanta Hawks.

Now Teague had been traded to Indiana and Horford signs with the Celtics, He will now be the main man of this Atlanta Squad alongside with Millsap, Bazemore and Korver.

Last Season Average: 11 points and 4.4 dimes per game
Predicted Next Season Average: 18 points and 6 dimes per game

Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis on changes of his team roster

Kristaps Porzingis

Through the signings of Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee, and their trade for Derrick Rose, New York Knicks Power Forward/Center Kristaps Porzingis was very excited to play next season because of big changes on the Knicks Roster. The 20 years old Latvian expressed how satisfied he was in an interview with ESPN.

“I’m young, but we don’t have 10 years to win a championship. We got to win soon. So that’s my mindset as well.” said Porzingis.

Kristaps Porzingis also excited to team up with Derrick Rose who was traded to New york Knicks On June 22, 2016 along with Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round draft pick, to the New York Knicks in exchange for José Calderón, Jerian Grant and Robin Lopez.  

“I think we played a little too static” Porzingis said. “And that’s why it’s great we have a guy like D-Rose who has the ability to push the ball and we got to keep up with him. We have to run the floor. It’s going to be a lot of easy buckets for me if I run the fast break and he’s pushing the ball. He can throw an alley-oop to me so I’m really excited about the idea of playing quicker and faster.” He added.

Anthony Woes In Knicks’ Victory over Celtics

New York Knicks earned their 20th victory of the season, after beating Boston Celtics 114-120 at Madison Square Garden, New York, January 12th 2016. Unfortunately, Knicks’ star Carmelo Anthony had to leave the game early at the second quarter. After having a contact with a referee at the game, Anthony fell and looked he was in pain but he kept playing. Anthony could not move properly due to the injury, and he left the court. The medical check unveiled that he sprained his ankle, but good thing is that the X-rays showed negative result.

Without Anthony, Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis stepped up in the game by scoring 26 points for the Knicks, along with 6 boards and 2 blocks. Aaron Afflalo contributed 24 points as well. Before he was carried out, Anthony made 17 points for the team.

Meanwhile, Celtics’ top scorer was Isaiah Thomas, who scored 34 points. Currently, The Knicks are 20-20, and The Celtics are 19-19. The Knicks will play arch-rival Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center tomorrow night, and The Celtics are going to host Indiana Pacers, also tomorrow night.

Who Will Win 2015 NBA Rookie of the year ? Towns, Porzingis or Okafor?

We are mid way down the season and its no surprise that the 3 big men from this year’s draft is leading the competition. 

Lets break it down by the numbers

Towns – 15.4 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks 27.9 minutes per game

Porzingis – 13.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2 blocks playing 27.4 Minutes per game

Okafor – 17.9 points, 5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks playing 32.4 Minutes per game

Out of the 3, Okafor has the biggest responsibility because he is the only option for this team, while Towns and Porzingis have better team mates. 

Highlights:

Karl Town’s monster game 21pts 12 rebounds 6 blocks against Magic on 11/18/2015.




Jahlil Okafor’s monster game 26 points, 7 rebounds 4 blocks against Raptors on 11/11/2015



Kristaps Porzingis Scary, Monster Game 24 points, 14 rebounds 7 blocks against Houston 11/21/2015




Who is my pick? Sorry I am a homer Towns for me. Who is your bet?

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Porzingis VS Dirk at the garden!12/7/2015- Porzingis the future Dirk?

The Future and the Legend


Dirk has nothing but high praises for KP. He even said that KP will be great barring any injuries because KP is playing better at this stage compared to a rookie Dirk. KP is averaging 14ppg and 5 reb with atleast a block per game. Dirk only average 8 and his rookie season. 

KP almost won this game for New York but came up short in the end with a score of 104-97 . KP led all scorers with 28 points scoring at will in the 4th like Dirk in the heydays. Dirk led the Mavs with 25 points and 6 rebounds who improved to 13-9. The Knicks fall to 10-12 still not that bad if you ask me because people thought that KP would be seeing the D-League instead of the NBA. But the way he is playing now people even claim that this is going to KP’s Team moving forward and even saying that Melo may not be part of the future plans for this franchise. Well honestly I would wait and just watch the beauty of this young rookie.

Here is the highlight of the DUEL!



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Kristaps Porzingis ROY? help beat Rockets with 24 pts 14 reb 7 BLKS! gives the first win in 11 years @ Houston

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Yes I know that picture will be used here forever everytime i make a highlight performance by KP. I know that he had a lot of doubters and people got mad for picking KP even Stephen A Smith ranted and said that he is a bust. But watch this espn first take and SAS is a believer now .


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and just watch this amazing highlight a record making one can you believe it first win for the KNICKS in Houston for 11 YEARS




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Kristaps Porzingis "MVP chants from the garden" 29 pts 11 Reb vs Hornets!

Who Would have thought that he can do this over Aldridge the other day?


Thought it was a fluke? Guess what he keeps getting better and stroking them 3’s as if he is a shooting guard. That smooth stroke will definitely be a big threat moving forward to those who would try and defend him. Porzingis gave one hell of a performance today as the Knicks beat the Hawks, He scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and 1 block. He is the reason why the Knicks won today, he was pretty much all over the place and again that 3 ball is just money most of the time. 2-2 on this one.

here is the highlight of his amazing performance:



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My BOY! Kawhi Leonard 18pts, 14reb, 4 BLOCKS! duel against Melo great D and helped Spurs win over NY!

Leonard denies Melo with the help of Timmy D.

Leonard is mr lock down his hands is a big factor, excellent timing and toughness proved to be the main weapon of the Spurs even after acquiring Aldridge, Leonard is surely taking strives towards guiding this team after Duncan’s retirement.

The Spurs move to 3-1 after beating the Knicks with a score of 94 – 84. Spurs led by Aldridge 19 followed by Leonard with 18 and Duncan contributed 16 pts. The Knicks dropped to 2-2, Melo led the Knicks with 19 markers, followed by Porzingis 13 and  Lopez with 10 pts.

Highlight of the Duel courtesy of FreeDawkins




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NYK Kristaps Porzingis on Phil Jackson: "I’m not Shawn Bradley"

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson compared Kristaps Porzingis to Shawn Bradley, prompting Porzingis to deny the comparison on Wednesday.

In an interview for a series of articles by ESPN.com, Jackson recounted his mind-set leading up to June’s NBA draft. The Knicks drafted Porzingis, a 7-footer from Latvia, with the No. 4 pick.

Porzingis reportedly added 11 pounds over the off-season, and he responded to the comparison to Bradley—the No. 2 pick in the 1993 draft and 1997 NBA blocks leader who played 12 NBA seasons—at a sponsorship event on Wednesday.

Yeah I saw it. I don’t know what to say? I guess that’s what Phil does, gets us to work hard and fired up. That fired me up. I’m like, ‘I’m not Shawn Bradley, you know?” Porzingis said, responding to a recent interview on ESPN.com where Jackson wondered if the Latvian was “too tall for the NBA” like the awkward 7-6 Bradley. “I want to be better than Shawn Bradley obviously and be stronger than him,” Porzingis added, “but I’m a different player.”