When the New York Knicks selected Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the general consensus was that it’d take a few years before Porzingis was an impact player and that he’d likely come off the bench. However, it’s looking like the talented Latvian may start opening night, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
As of right now, Knicks head coach Derek Fisher wants Porzingis to be the starter at power forward, despite the fact that he’s had an uneven preseason marred by some nagging injuries. The 20-year-old is averaging 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 34.6 percent from the field in three preseason games.
New York does have other options for the power-forward position. Carmelo Anthony has enjoyed plenty of success at the 4 and recently seemed convinced he’d be playing there a lot this season. Kyle O’Quinn is a solid player who’s played well in the preseason. Derrick Williams has had a disappointing career, but he’s been a preseason star.
Still, it’s looking like Porzingis will get the starting nod at the 4 unless Fisher changes his mind, which would be quite the opportunity for the youngster. If he plays well, that would be a huge step in his development that wasn’t expected immediately. And even if he struggles, Fisher has other options and Porzingis can still make an impact off the bench.