By John Schmeelk
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The Knicks have a nicely-documented drawback with their roster that was solely exacerbated by the Carmelo Anthony commerce on the finish of September: They’ve too many massive males.
With the addition of Enes Kanter, they now have 5 gamers who’re both facilities or ought to be enjoying the place. There merely aren’t sufficient minutes to offer Kanter, Willy Hernangomez, Joakim Noah, Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle O’Quinn.
The answer for the brief-time period will probably be to play Porzingis at energy ahead, which is ok since he’s already adjusting to being the No. 1 choice on offense. Ultimately, as soon as he will get robust sufficient, Porzingis goes to be a middle. It provides him such an enormous benefit offensively when enjoying the 5, so long as he isn’t a totally inept rebounder, it’s the place he would assist the group probably the most. The transition ought to begin prior to later, however the Knicks’ present roster isn’t going to permit that.
The query then is whether or not the Knicks can succeed long run with Porzingis enjoying subsequent to Kanter or Hernangomez. Offensively, it might work, however protection is the issue. Each Hernangomez and Kanter are good scorers within the low block however wrestle defensively. Neither transfer nicely sufficient to protect the decide-and-roll, nor do both block photographs on the rim. Each are nonetheless younger, with Hernagomez simply 23 years previous and Kanter 25.
Kanter’s contract performs an enormous position in all of this. He can choose out of his deal subsequent summer time, or choose in for $sixteen million. The NBA wage cap just isn’t rising prefer it used to, and never many groups are projected to have cap area subsequent summer time. With much less cash however the identical quantity of gamers out there, it’s a truthful query if Kanter will discover a higher lengthy-time period contract subsequent summer time. What he’ll determine it nonetheless a thriller.
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The Knicks want to determine shortly whether or not or not Kanter can match with Porzingis long run. He wants to start out and play subsequent to Porzingis and get loads of touches on offense. Within the half courtroom, dumping it into him within the publish may even be one of many staff’s first choices. He’s that gifted a scorer one-on-one.
If the Knicks determine Kanter is an extended-time period match — which might solely be the case if his weight lack of almost forty…