New York Knicks interim head coach Kurt Rambis is now saying that the team views Kristaps Porzingis as someone that can be as dominant as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who happens to be one of the most versatile players in the NBA. According to ESPN, the Knicks are going to utilize Porzingis at the center position, so that he can exploit mismatches that are created by the new small ball revolution.
While everyone knows that Stephen Curry has developed into one of the most dangerous offensive players on the planet, some may not know that Draymond Green is just as important to the success of the Golden State Warriors. Green can play multiple positions, defend well, and can contribute in a variety of ways on the offensive end. Draymond has no qualms about passing the ball to an open teammate, so even when he’s not scoring, he’s helping out.
At 7’3″, 230 pounds, Kristaps Porzingis is already a match up nightmare for opposing NBA coaches. Someone that tall having range that extends beyond the three point line is quite the weapon because very few defenders can challenge his shot. Since he’s usually matched up against bigger players, Porzingis can use that shooting range to pull at least one front court defender from the paint so that his teammates can drive to the basket.
One of the things that the New York Knicks want Kristaps Porzingis to improve on is his low post offense. There are times where the Latvian rookie falls in love with his outside shooting and settles for just being a spot up guy. In order to play the center position, Porzingis will have to learn to embrace the contact that comes with playing in the low post. If he can develop an arsenal of moves down low, then it will be hard for opposing centers to stop someone that tall.
When Kristaps Porzingis entered the NBA, he was immediately compared to Dirk Nowitzki, which he views as quite the compliment because the Dallas Mavericks star is his hero. Now, he’s being compared to Draymond Green, the second most valuable player on a team that is challenging Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls for the most wins in a season.
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