There isn’t a single player in the NBA who can truly match what Kristaps Porzingis brings to the table. No matter where you rank him within the Association’s hierarchy, Porzingis is a truly unique player in terms of size, athleticism, coordination, skill, and defensive prowess.
If the New York Knicks are looking to create a sense of continuity for when Porzingis is off the court, however, then Luke Kornet could help provide it.
Kornet stands at 7’1″ with a 7’2″ wingspan, which gives New York size that’s at least comparable to Porzingis’ measurements. He’s one of the rare seven-footers who can both space the floor and protect the rim, which lends even more credence to the intrigue.
Kornet isn’t an elite shot-blocker or shooter, but the fact he provides value in both regards is reason enough to keep an eye on him.
After playing on a two-way contract in 2017-18, Kornet signed a one-year deal with the main roster in 2018-19. He’ll have an opportunity to crack the rotation and play rather significant minutes behind starting center Enes Kanter—or even see playing time at the 4-spot.
If Kornet comes out and puts together a strong string of performances at Summer League, he could get an early leg up on the competition for opportunities under David Fizdale.