Another preseason game, another win for the Knicks
The New York Knicks looked good in their first game of the preseason at The Garden after defeating the New Orlean Pelicans 106-100.
Here are some observations from the game:
Enes Kanter is a problem…for opposing teams
There’s a reason Knicks’ fans love center Enes Kanter. He’s a lunch pail guy that does what has to be done and really doesn’t get recognized enough.
Kanter finished the game with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes of action. He’s the backbone of this team.
Kanter also did a great job of helping rookie Kevin Knox.
After a slow start, Kevin Knox found his groove working off a variety of screens and handoffs from Enes Kanter pic.twitter.com/t75ORwCubP
— Knicks Film School (@KnickFilmSchool) October 6, 2018
Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News gave some great fantasy basketball advice when it comes to Kanter.
I'll say it again. If you're preparing for your NBA fantasy draft, pick Enes Kanter.
— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) October 6, 2018
Kevin Knox give plenty of time to prove himself
Knox played more than anyone else after being on the floor for a total of 34 minutes. He started the game slow, but overall played pretty well despite a poor percentage from the field.
Knox finished the night with 12 points on six of 19 shooting and 10 rebounds. This is second double-double in three preseason games.
Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale clearly believes that the more minutes Knox gets the better for him.
Mudiday got the start and didn’t play well
With no one standing out at the point guard position, Fizdale had Emmanuel Mudiay get the start on Friday night.
Unfortunately he finished with only two points on one of seven shooting, two rebounds and six assists.
For what’s it’s worth, Trey Burke finished with six points and two assists in 13 minutes and Frank Ntilikina had two points and one assist in 17 minutes.
It will be interesting to see who starts on Monday against the Washington Wizards.
Allonzo Trier quiet
After two very impressive preseason games, Trier scored only scored sevens points in 15 minutes.
It was easy to forget that Trier is rookie during the first two games, but he is and he’s not gong to be great every night.
Tim Hardaway Jr. of course got the start and had a great game with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in 25 minutes. He’s clearly their best option at the two spot.
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