1. Kristaps Porzingis
The second-year player from Latvia is a god-send for the new-look Knicks. After being booed at the 2015 NBA Draft by Knicks fans, Kristaps Porzingis looks like he was worth the high draft pick. In fact, Porzingis has the most upside of any Knicks draft-pick since Patrick Ewing.
With his long-frame and silky smooth shooting touch, Porzingis looks like Dirk Nowitzki 2.0. In his rookie season, the “Unicorn” averaged 14.3 points per game and over seven rebounds. The strong debut by Porzingis was the first-step in the franchise’s overhaul. Controversial GM Phil Jackson was the brains behind the selection, re-gaining confidence from a critical fan-base in the process.
Kristaps Porzingis 2016-17 campaign is off-the-charts so far. He is averaging 20.6 points per game and showing signs of being the team’s franchise player. Of all Knicks players with over 60 attemts, he trails only Courtney Lee in three point field goal percentage. This guy is over 7-feet tall, making him nearly impossible to guard that far away from the hoop.
Porzingis versatility has made him somewhat of a cult-hero around the league. Knicks fans are cheering now, but they sure wish they could take back those boos from draft night.