After recently signing with the New York Knicks on a one-year deal, Noah Vonleh will also be looking to prove his doubters wrong. As the No. 9 overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, Vonleh has failed to lived up to his loefty expectations.
He has, though, been efficient offensively in the minutes he’s been given—and a much better defender than the shot-blocking numbers display.
While Vonleh’s defense is nothing to be excited about, he’s solid enough to not be a liability to the team. His rebounding and ability to spread the floor should turn heads, as he converted 0.9 three-point field goals per game on 30.0 percent shooting with the Chicago Bulls.
That’s a good reason to like this signing. And at 22 years of age, Vonleh still probably hasn’t reached his ceiling. The main determinant of that will be how he handles his work ethic on the Knicks.
Luke Kornet started with the Knicks’ Summer League team last season, and made a case for keeping him on as their own special project. Kornet has shown the ability to spread the floor from beyond the arc, and defend the paint efficiently with capable shot-blocking abilities.
His preferred position should probably be at center, but with a logjam at the 5, Kornet will likely get more playing time at the 4. The Knicks will want to get the most out of Kornet, as his position has become more of a commodity in a league where three-point/shot-blocking bigs are trending.
Along with Allonzo Trier, the Knicks signed Isaiah Hicks to a two-way contract that will allow the former UNC star to play for the Westchester Knicks during the 2018-19 season. Towards the end of 2017-18, Hicks was able to display some of his skills when Porzingis went down with an ACL injury.
Hicks serves as a big body who can switch from the 3 to the 4, and can hold his own in the post.
There were some who questioned signing Hicks over Troy Williams, but it seems that the Knicks are looking for more versatility and size with Porzingis out. I don’t expect Hicks to get much playing time, barring any injuries, but he will get playing time in the G-League.
He should be more fresh and ready as a result, but only time will tell. For now, he will be sitting towards the bottom of the Knicks’ depth chart to start the season.