Knicks vs Hawks: Postgame Grades and Analysis

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Oct 29, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward

Kristaps Porzingis

(6) shoots over Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Power Forward: Kristaps Porzingis

Overall Grade: B-

Minutes Played: 26

+/-: -5

Stat Line: 10 PTS, 8 REB, 3 STL, 1 BLK, 4/10 FG, 0/4 3PT, 2/2

The 2015-16 NBA season is about one thing and one thing only with Kristaps Porzingis: development. Thus, any woeful performance or grand showing should be evaluated with his future in mind.

Plays like this suggest the future is bright:

Overall, both the good and bad aspects of his performance displayed how great Porzingis could one day be.

Porzingis rebounded well and committed himself defensively. He wasn’t always great—four personal fouls and an opponent field goal percentage at the rim of 66.7 percent, per—but he worked hard.

One of Porzingis’ fouls saw him recover from poor positioning to nearly block a shot—a clear reminder of his elite defensive potential.

Offensively, Porzingis played well when he took it inside. He fell in love with his jump shot and committed four turnovers, but he also had two offensive rebounds and shot 4-of-6 on 2-point field goals.

With the best +/- of any starter, Porzingis had yet another strong showing for the Knicks.

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