Starter: Mario Hezonja
Coming off a solid second half to last season, Mario Hezonja will be looking for a second chance after failing to look the part of the No. 5 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Thankfully, former Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel got creative with Hezonja.
Making the switch to power forward allowed Hezonja the opportunity to find his place on defense and put up significantly better numbers than he did his first two seasons in the league.
Playing alongside Knox in a smaller lineup should prove to be beneficial for floor spacing, and hopefully defense. While they might lack in the rebounding department, the presence of Enes Kanter and Mitchell Robinson should help take some of the pressure off Knox and Hezonja.
He might not be the most desirable option for the four, but Hezonja is still young and it doesn’t seem that he’s reached his ceiling quite yet.
With a one-year prove-it deal, Hezonja will be looking to showcase himself to potential suitors next season. We may just see his best season from him as a result, which is an intriguing thought considering 2017-18 was his best season yet.
Kristaps Porzingis will start once he returns from injury, but Hezonja could make a statement in the meantime for David Fizdale and the New York Knicks.