What We Learned From 2015 Knicks Preseason
Preseason basketball is meaningless? Not quite. Here’s what we learned from this year’s preseason games:
The New York Knicks ended their preseason with a 4–2 record on October 22nd with a loss to their rivals, Boston Celtics.
Coming into preseason, Knicks fans were eager to see how Carmelo Anthony would look back on the court, how the rookies Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant would do in their first NBA games, and how the free-agents would adjust.
So, what did we learn from this year’s Knicks preseason?
KP CAN BALL
Although he didn’t play all six preseason games, Porzingis showed flashes of brilliance in-game.
Against the Wizards, KP had his best game, showing off his stroke from deep, passing ability, and potential upside in the post and on defense.
Across four games, Porzingis put up eight points, six rebounds, two assists, and one block in 19 minutes per game.
With ‘Melo drawing most of the attention on offense, KP was and should continue to be able to find open looks, and as he progresses this season, most of his scoring will likely come that way.
Oh, and there was this, too.
D-WILL LIT IT UP
Derrick Williams came in from Sacramento as a streaky shooter who made crazy athletic plays, and in preseason, Williams showed that he’d improved his shot selection, and continued to make those athletic plays.
In his game against the Philadelphia 76ers where he scored 21 points, D-Will displayed his passing, along with his athleticism and shooting.
D-Will ended preseason averaging 16 points, four rebounds, and 0.7 steals per game.
It’s only exhibition games, but if Williams can keep up this play during the season, he can be an important piece off the bench.
THIS KNICKS TEAM CAN BE A GRITTY ONE
Last season’s Knicks finished 28th in defensive rating and with new additions Kyle O’Quinn and with Robin Lopez manning the paint, this Knicks team can be one reminiscent of the tough, defensive-minded 90s Knicks with Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, and Xavier McDaniels.
KOQ and RoLo are two gritty, tough players, and if preseason tells us anything these two will be really special manning the paint.