In our debut Player of the Week feature, three games make up our sample size. Three rough losses were tough to stomach, but one New York Knicks player stood out.
Starting now, Daily Knicks will be running a Player of the Week feature. With the New York Knicks going on a Western Conference road trip, there’s a nice sample size for our first Player of the Week.
The Player of the Week for Mar. 2 to Mar. 9, 2018 was none other than fan favorite Enes Kanter.
The New York Knicks dropped two winnable games and one long shot on this three-game stint. Being blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, with a heart-crushing game winner from Skal Labissiere smack in the middle, it was a rough week for all of us.
However, one bright spot was the offensive play and rebounding from Enes Kanter.
With 18 points and 14 rebounds against the Clippers, 14 points and 16 rebounds against the Kings, and 18 points and 11 rebounds against the Trail Blazers, he continued his strong play. His double-double against the Trail Blazers was his career high 32nd double-double of the season.
That set a new career-high.
He has also been a very solid offensive rebounder as of late. Due to lack of talent, scoring on the first chance certainly has become difficult for this Knicks team. If Kanter could continue his offensive rebounding, it would be huge going forward.
Surely, Kanter has some defensive issues that are cause for concern. However, having a great season through offense, rebounding and leadership, he has proven to be a great asset for the team.
With a double-double in each game this week, he certainly did his part and earned Player of the Week in our debut feature.
Our runner-up for Player of the Week: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Hardaway scored like he usually does against all three Western Conference opponents. He had 17 points against the Clippers, 24 points against the Kings, and 19 points against the Trail Blazers.
During those three games, he also totaled 11 rebounds and four assists. Those four assists all came from the Knicks’ contest against the Clippers.
Going 26-52 in total field goals, a solid 50 percent, he had desirable efficiency this week. Hopefully, his volume shooting becomes more selective and these results become more consistent.
Although Tim Hardaway Jr. provided some solid play this week, it wasn’t enough to overcome three solid double-doubles for New York Knicks standout Enes Kanter.