6 Reasons the Knicks Need to Give Kristaps Porzingis the Damn Ball

It's so, so clear.

6. He's Already/Clearly/Miraculously His Team's Best Player

While Carmelo Anthony can still be an elite scorer, Kristaps Porzingis is a prodigy with unlimited range and unparalleled (in the Eastern Conference) two-way versatility. KP is simultaneously passing the eye test and filling up the stat sheet. And he's doing this sans support from his starting point guard. 


Successful organizations progressively empower their brightest talent so they can become future leaders. The Latvian Unicorn is mature and resourceful enough to handle more offensive responsibility. 


He shouldn't need to create so much of it on his own.

5. His Continued Development is New York City's Most Important 2016-17 Sports Storyline.

The overcrowded wasteland between title contention and the draft lottery is soul-sucking. 

Nevertheless, pursuing mediocrity can still be tolerable if Porzingis' best interests remain at the forefront.

By exposing their 21-year-old savant to more competent teammates and meaningful late game/late season competition (TBD), the Knicks can accelerate Porzingis' personal and professional growth while making valuable cultural progress. 


Although KP should be playing most of his minutes at the five, it's been encouraging to see his early chemistry with Joakim Noah. Noah's $72 million influence can pay dividends sooner and later. 

4. This Will Ultimately Enrich Carmelo Anthony's Efficiency and Longevity

After a pair of regular season games, Porzingis is averaging 18.5 PPG on 12 FGA/G (50 percent FG). Anthony's averaging 24.9 PPG on 16.5 FGA/G (39.4 percent). This is only a small sample size, but it's time for mentor and mentee to meet in the middle. 


There's only one ball to go around, but KP (despite fewer touches) is already equaling Melo's free throw attempts. While the latter has never received Harden-esque star treatment from officials (not for a lack of effort), he shouldn't have to shoulder (no torn labrum pun intended) the vast majority of this squad's physical burden. 


Sometimes you need to pass the torch to extend your own flame.

3. The Knicks Don't Have Many Other Reliable Scoring Options

Derrick Rose is more frustratingly fragile than a Pizza-licious Pringle at the bottom of the tube. Brandon Jennings is just as volatile on the court as he is on Twitter. Courtney Lee, for better and worse, is Courtney Lee.


Where will the points fall from if Porzingis isn't letting it fly on a nightly basis?

2. It's Easy. He's Huge!

While we may never see Porzingis set another pick, it's quite easy to get the 7-foot-3 forward on a roll.  


For now, Porzingis rarely commands double teams. Whether he's at the top of the key, in the short corners (where he should be looking to take two to three more shots per game), or above the rim, KP will always be his team's biggest bailout option. 

1. He's Crazy Fun to Watch

"Win the crowd and you'll win your freedom." 

Proximo was a smart dude. 

In 2012-13, a 31-10 home record propelled the Knicks to their first division title in nearly 20 years. Defending home court matters. Especially when you play in the modern Colosseum.

Feeding soon-to-be All-Star Kristaps Porzingis is the fastest way to engage insatiable Madison Square Garden fans (unless there's a double barrel T-shirt Gatling gun involved).


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