Kristaps Porzingis entered his 2nd NBA season with almost a whole new roster and a new head coach. He finished is rookie year averaging 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. He just missed the top 5 in blocks per game as a rookie. His second season, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.0 blocks per game. He improved in a couple of categories but still didn’t take off as he was expected.
During the season Kristaps spoke to media stating he felt as the team wasn’t playing for each other. With Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings playing for new contracts, this claim is believable. With Carmelo Anthony being the iso player he is, the claim again seems believable. Kristaps experienced troubles he didn’t his rookie year and it was hard for the Knicks to find and stay in their groove. Kristaps didn’t perform at the levels everyone expected but he was not a a disappointment.
His best game came in a win against Detroit in November where he scored a career high 35 points, followed by 7 rebounds and 3 assists. He went on to score over 30 once more in a game against Phoenix. Fans want to see Porzingis take control more and become the Knicks first option. If he has the ability to score on that level and rebound well, the Knicks have a franchise player locked in for years. Porzingis also went on to participate in All-Star Weekend during the Skills Challenge and finished in first. He has a bright future ahead and he’s willing to commit to the Knicks. The team should be built around him without having to completely tear apart the team.
Kristaps needs a point guard who will be a facilitator and set him up for shots. Whether it be through the pick and roll or by calling plays set to have him score. At the end of the season, Kristaps made it known he will be leaving New York for some time to return to his hometown Lativa. The issues within the organization is just too much for him at the time and he felt a break was needed. He assured all fans and media that he wants to remain in New York. He loves being a Knick.