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The Portland Trailblazers sign Enes Kanter

The Portland Trailblazers have agreed to sign free agent center Enes Kanter to the remainder of the 2018-19 NBA season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN earlier this afternoon.

Enes Kanter had previously played with the New York Knicks since being traded to the ‘Big Apple’ during the 2017 offseason. Since then, Kanter had averaged a total of 14 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists with the team. 

The eight year veteran from Turkey parted ways with the New York just less than a week ago due to having no luck with finding a trade partner before the trade deadline.

Now being the newest member of Rip City, Kanter will now get his wish by receiving more playing time with a team that can compete for the NBA championship.

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Dallas Mavericks agree to trade for New York Knicks All-Star Kristaps Porzingis

The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to trade for New York Knicks All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis in a blockbuster deal earlier this evening. Porzingis has stepped foot on the court yet this season due to suffering an ACL injury last February.

Along with Porzingis, the Mavericks also received Tim Hardaway Jr. Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee while the Knicks received Deandre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr, and a future draft pick.

Porzingis was named to the All-Star team last season before his injury with the potential to become one of the best players in the NBA and the face of the New York Knicks franchise. He had averaged 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game during his time in the Big Apple. He averaged his career high in points (22.7) and blocks (2.4) last season before injury.

Now with the addition of Porzingis on the Mavs, we now the duo of two young talented players from Europe (Porzingis and Luka Doncic). Doncic is a most likely to win the Rookie of the Year award and is a future All-Star in the league. 

It was reported that Kristaps had been frustrated with the Knicks Organization for quite some time now and requested for a trade when in a meeting earlier today with the Knicks front office.

This is no surprise since the Knicks currently have the worst record in the NBA and have done nothing since to try and help the team gain more victories. They had potentially gotten worse since drafting Porzingis to the team winning 31 wins his rookie season, 30 games won his sophomore season and 29 wins his third year. This is what led to Porzingis’ frustration with NY. 

Also, since his arrival to the NBA, the Knicks have had three different head coaches and second front-office change. With all these changes going on in the Knicks franchise as of late can definitely cause a lot of stress and frustration to players.

The Knicks also have given up Tim Hardaway Jr in this trade along with the huge contract given to him during the 2017 offseason. Both Deandre Jordan and Wesley Matthews have expiring contracts coming up during the next offseason and now the Knicks might have a bigger chance on signing bigger names such as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Kevin Knox Scores Career High, 31 points, in loss to Philadelphia

In today’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks 2018 first round draft pick Kevin Knox finished the game with a career high of 31 points.

Knox had shot a total of 23 field goals in the game but only made 12 of them , shooting 52% from the field. 12 out of his 31 points scored came from three-pointers as he shot a total of 4 for 9 (42%) from behind the arc. Along with his 4-9 three-point shooting, Knox tallied three free throws in today’s game.

“We’ve been trying to build his tank up to be this guy that can play big minutes and really perform throughout the game. I thought tonight was the first time in the second half he didn’t fade when he started off with a double-figure first half. He actually scored more in the second half. That’s a big step.”-Coach Fizdale

Knox netted 13 points in the first half and 18 points in the second half of his 44 minutes played. He played a huge factor for the Knicks as he helped them come back from a 24 point deficit. 

With the comeback that the Knicks went on, the game still did not go well for New York as they lost in a final score of 108-105. 

They were outplayed by Philadelphia’s young core in Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Embiid finished the game with 26 points and 8 rebounds as Simmons finished with 20 points, 22 rebounds (career high), and 9 assists.

After this 31 point outburst by Knox, he is now the 6thyoungest player in NBA history to score at least 30 points in a game (19 years and 155 days). 

“I know it’s my career high, but it shows I have a lot of room to improve. I’m only 19. I want to keep getting better and keep learning every single year. It’s cool to see but I’m still trying to get that win.”-Kevin Knox

Knox has proven to be a consistent scorer in the NBA and could be a part of the Knicks upcoming future. With a lot to learn and the rest of the season remaining, we hope to see Knox become the player that we were promised back in June.

Should the Knicks be concerned with Frank Ntilikina?

In the last two games New York Knick’s guard, Frank Ntilikina’s play has looked erratic. Scoring 0 points in back to back losses is not a good sight for the young developing guard. His erratic play on offense this season is leaving Knicks fans displeased.

Ntilikina’s role with the Knicks seems out of place this season. With the Orlando Magic being interested in trading for him, a fresh start may be ideal for Ntilikina.

When scouting the play of Ntilikina, the only positive and consistent aspect of his game is his defense. His ability to play aggressive defense and lock down opposing players are his biggest strength. On the other hand, when on offense Ntilikina does not look confident at all.

The stats say it all for Ntilikina. Through 23 games into the season, he is playing 23 minutes per game and averaging around 6 points per game shooting 33% from the field and 25 % from 3 point land.

Sloppy offensive numbers from the second year player from France. Ntilikina isn’t a bad player, but he does need time to grow. He has the tools to become a great two-way player but he just hasn’t found his offensive niche in the NBA.

Ntilikina may have a similar case with Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antentokoumpo as a late bloomer in the NBA. It took 4 seasons for Giannis to adjust to the league and become a dominant scorer, only time can tell if the same may happen to Ntilikina. Giannis came out of Greece as an extremely raw prospect and lacked experience playing against elite level basketball talent.

Ntilikina’s struggles stem from the offensive side of the floor. His lack of aggression, consistency, and inability to create offense is concerning. Defensively you can’t teach effort, and his effort on defense is one of the best in a league where lockdown defense has become a lost art.

The Knicks shouldn’t look to trade him just yet in his young career, but try to mold and push the young 20-year old into developing a consistent offensive game. Ntilikina must look to tighten up his handle, learn craftier moves around the basket and find a go-to move if he wants to survive in the NBA as a starting point guard.

Emerging Undrafted Star: Meet Allonzo Trier

New York Knicks rookie guard Allonzo Trier spent most of his life facing adversity. Trier went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft and it seemed like the only way to reach the NBA was through the G-League. Trier signed a two-way contract with the Westchester Knicks on July 3, 2018, to prove that he belongs in the NBA.

The 22-year-old already caught the attention of fans around the NBA for his aggressive play and explosive scoring ability. His play has left Knicks fans encouraged for the undrafted rookie as they may have snagged a diamond in the rough. Through 11 games, Trier is averaging 11.5 points, 1.1 assists, and 2.6 rebounds and shooting 49% from the field and 44% from the 3. Very impressive numbers from an undrafted rookie.

“The kid has shown that he is an NBA basketball player,”

said New York Knicks Coach David Fizdale in an interview with MSG.

Trier had an unusual childhood, born on January 17th, 1996 in Seattle Washington, he never met his father only growing up with his mother, Marcie Trier. As a child, Trier was diagnosed with dyslexia, a disorder which makes reading and interpreting words difficult. These setbacks never stopped Trier from reaching his dreams to be in the NBA.

In high school, Trier attended Findlay Prep and Montrose Christian school. He was a McDonald’s All-American and a Jordan Brand Classic MVP. His scoring prowess led him to be 5-star college recruit.

Spending 3 years at the University of Arizona, Trier did it all on the offensive end. He had a knack for knocking down open shots, making tough plays, finishing through contact, passing and running the floor. Trier was rewarded the nickname of “Iso Zo” due to his ability to score efficiently in isolation situations.

Listed at 6’5, 200lbs, Trier is the ideal size for a shooting guard in the NBA. His offensive ability is valuable for any NBA team if the Knicks doesn’t sign him to a full-time contract. Although there are many signs that Trier is going to be a productive player, there are some negatives that he needs to fix to become a consistent NBA player. Trier isn’t the best defender nor a consistent offensive player but through time and some tough coaching Trier can polish these negatives and produce.

 

Trier already had career nights scoring 23 points in a win vs the Dallas Mavericks earlier this season. He also scored 21 points, sending the game into overtime in Monday night’s loss vs the Chicago Bulls.

Knicks fans should be optimistic about their young talent on the team, it’s going to take time for them to develop but the talent and potential are there.

MVP Cases: Early Season Edition

They say it’s too early to start talking about the end of season awards. I say it’s never too early to at least start looking at who is in the mix. Many players thus far in the season have made their case of why they should be taking home the MVP award. Let’s take a look at a few players that separate themselves from the rest, with their stats, improvement from last season, and their win-loss record.

 

Kristaps Porzingis (NYK)Image result for kristaps porzingis

Wow. remember when this guy- excuse me- this unicorn got booed on draft day? Has he proved his worth to the Knicks, and in a big way. Now with Carmelo gone, it is safe to say this is his team and he has taken the task as the main guy for the team. Through 10 games he has averaged 30 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks, while also shooting 51% from the field. His versatility definitely helps him and his defense has improved from last year. He can shoot from deep, post you up, get rebounds and run the floor. He is a great player and he is only going to get better as the season keeps going.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)Image result for giannis antetokounmpo

The Greek Freak has gotten better in each season so far in his career and this season will be no different. Right now he is having a monstrous season so far posting up some big numbers early this season. 31.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.8 assist, 1.5 steals, and 1.6 blocks. To top all of that off he is shooting 60% from the field, that is pretty impressive for someone that is getting the most touches on the team. With the addition of Eric Bledsoe to the team, his touches may take a slight hit but that only will mean his efficiency will start to rise, making his case even stronger.

 

Kyrie Irving (BOS)Image result for kyrie irving celtics

He left so that he could be the focal point of the team. People said he would not be able to do that with Gordon Hayward on the team. Unfortunately, he is out for the season with a gruesome ankle injury. Kyrie was forced to step up and he has in a big way. He has led the Celtics to an NBA best 11-2 record while averaging 20.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists. So far he has proved that he is ready to lead a team and his decision to leave the Lebron led Cavs (currently – ) is not looking too bad, as of right now.

 

Kevin Durant (GSW)Image result for kevin durant last night

In his 10th year in the league, Kevin Durant has never been better on defense than he is right now. His long reach is allowing him to get a career-high 2.5 blocks per game, which is the second highest in the league, right behind Rudy Gobert. He is also still scoring at a high rate, with 28.2 points per game, along with 5 assist and 8.2 rebounds per game. He is already a candidate with his impact scoring the ball, now that he is making an impact on defense and its showing on the stat sheet it only improves his case for MVP.

 

James Harden (HOU)Image result for james harden last night

When the Rockets signed CP3, the workload of James Harden was expected to go down. That changed as soon as Chris Paul is injured and until he comes back James Harden is going back to his form from last season. Right now he is averaging 29.9 points, 10 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals. If he keeps putting up big numbers like he did against Utah (56 points and 13 assists) then his name will continue to show up in MVP debates.

 

Honorable Mentions (per game stats)

Stephen Curry (GSW) – 25.4 pts 6.5 ast 4.8 reb 1.8 stl

Lebron James (CLE) – 29.3 pts 8.9 ast 7 reb 1.2 stl 1.4 blk

DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) – 28.3 pts 5.8 ast 13.8 reb 1.7stl 1.8 blk

Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) – 21.3 pts 1.1 ast 11 reb 1.8 blk

Damian Lillard (POR) – 25.7 pts 6.5 ast 5.4 reb 1.2 stl