New York Knicks: 5 bold, sizzling hot takes for 2017-18

GREENBURG, NY - JULY 17: New York Knicks team President, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek of the New York Knicks introduce General Manager Scott Perry at a pess conference at the at Knicks Practice Center July 17, 2017 in Greenburg, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)
GREENBURG, NY - JULY 17: New York Knicks team President, Steve Mills and Jeff Hornacek of the New York Knicks introduce General Manager Scott Perry at a pess conference at the at Knicks Practice Center July 17, 2017 in Greenburg, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 3: Kristaps Porzingis of Team World poses for a portrait as part of the Basketball Without Borders Africa at the American International School of Johannesburg on August 3, 2017 in Gauteng province of Johannesburg, South Africa. Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUGUST 3: Kristaps Porzingis of Team World poses for a portrait as part of the Basketball Without Borders Africa at the American International School of Johannesburg on August 3, 2017 in Gauteng province of Johannesburg, South Africa. Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Kristaps Porzingis is voted an All-Star starter, named first team All-NBA, and finishes in the top-5 in MVP voting

I know what you’re thinking: This author has lost his mind and has hit peak delusional Knicks fan. Hear me out. The common theme of this post is that the Eastern Conference is going to be weak.

Given the uncertainty of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been Eastern Conference champions for three years straight, the conference may be up for grabs. But before we start talking about the potential standings, we have to talk about Kristaps Porzingis.

Porzingis avoided the Knicks drama over in Latvia, where he’s training to beat up Rocky Balboa at the end of Rocky IV.

With Paul George and Jimmy Butler heading out west, the Eastern Conference will have opportunities for first time All-Stars such as Porzingis. If KP is able to take that next step towards superstardom, he should join LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo in the front court for the Eastern Conference.

With that said, if Porzingis classifies himself as a center, he would need to have better statistical seasons than Anthony Davis/DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gobert, and Karl-Anthony Towns to make first team All-NBA.

That isn’t out of the realm of possibility given that Frank Ntilikina may turn out to be the better point guard at setting up his big man compared to those who play with the other centers.

Now finishing in the Top 5 in MVP voting is the biggest stretch, but with the volatility of the Eastern Conference, if Porzingis is able to shoulder the Knicks to a top seed in the East, it would warrant consideration.

If he can beat up Rocky Balboa, I’m sure MVP is not too far away.