Aaron Afflalo… He hasn’t played yet. We’ve seen everyone on this team except for Afflalo and Lou Amundson. The consensus from around the internet with regards to this Knicks team is that the starting back court is shot, can’t shoot, and should be revamped with Jerian Grant and Langston Galloway as soon as possible.
But Afflalo is day-to-day nursing a hamstring problem, despite Phil Jackson’s famous quote from Charley Rosen’s summer series The Phil Files, “he takes excellent care of his body and I am certain he has something left in the tank.”
With Vujacic and Calderon in the back court starting, there is no penetration and mediocre Defense. If Calderon started with Afflalo, things could be more balanced defensively and in terms of attacking the paint. Afflalo is also known for his midrange shooting, which is something the starting guards could improve on shooting a combined 29.6% from the field. So shitty.
So we have to wait to see how things develop, if Afflalo can come in and find his rhythm and be a leader as a guard. Galloway, despite his numerous big-shots early this season, IS a reserve, and Jerian Grant is still too much of a rookie to start. This is why Coach Fisher doesn’t tinker with the lineup. At 2-3, he will probably not make any changes. If they go 2-10 with everyone healthy, I would expect to see changes.
Porzingis is quickly gaining popularity in the NBA, having dunked put backs over Lamarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love, both being players the Knicks wanted not so long ago. Porzingis’ biggest challenge is going to be to learn how to not foul and still play solid defense. It could take him all season to learn how to do this. Mozgov used to have this problem.
Kyle O’Quinn had been solid. Kevin Seraphin looked impressive in the first half against the Cavs, wonder why coach Fisher didn’t want to play him in the second half of the basketball game? Derrick Williams had a nice take to the basket, but once again didn’t put up huge numbers compared to the preseason despite limited minutes on the floor last night. The Knicks barely got any fast breaks, and this is due to the scouting reports. Teams are going to hustle back, but it is the defense that must provide the fast-break opportunities that Derrick Williams flourishes in.
I’m still wondering why Cleanthony Early was replaced with Lance Thomas in the rotation. Cleanthony had a hell of a preseason but is seeing very little daylight now in the regular season. Maybe a future Wally Pip moment will happen for Cleanthony…
Will Jimmer Fredette do his best impersonation of John Paxon in effort to find his way out of the d-league and onto the Knicks roster as the 15th man?
I hope the second unit remains intact, Porzingis learns how to play without fouling, and that Afflalo brings defense and penetration to the starting five, as well as leadership. Melo will get his, shooting slump or not, he’s still a top 10 scorer in the league, even with Porzingis slowly developing into New York’s newest star.
I leave you with this, a picture of Phil at MSG, having rode his bike there on draft day.