Luke Kornet was impressive against the Milwaukee Bucks
New York Knicks’ head coach David Fizdale shocked everyone when he decided to have second-year center Luke Kornet start over Enes Kanter on Wednesday night against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kornet didn’t let Fizdale down as he tied his career high with 23 points while hitting seven of his 11 three-point attempts. He also added five assists and three rebounds.
With an impressive performance against a very good Bucks team, should Fizdale stick with Kornet as his starting center for the next several games to see how he continues to play?
With how much Fizdale has changed up the Knicks’ starting line-up this season it doesn’t hurt to see what Kornet can give them as a starter.
Who knows, maybe he’s New York’s best center.
Right now the Knicks aren’t in the playoff hunt, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. They’re a rebuilding team that’s trying to figure out what they have with their young players like Kornet. So letting him start the next several games won’t hurt.
The nice thing about Kornet is that he stretches the floor with his ability to hit shots from beyond the arc. I wouldn’t expect him to connect on over 60 percent of his three-point attempts every game, but he is a good outside shooter.
The problem with allowing Kornet to get big minutes going forward is that there’s no way Fizdale can give Mitchell Robinson the minutes he needs when he comes back from injury, while also keeping Kanter happy.
Kornet’s minutes will have to dip when Mitchell gets back or the Knicks will need to trade Kanter.
My guess is that we’ll see less of Kornet.
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