Former Knicks great Bernard King has seen nothing like current star F Kristaps Porzingis in all his years in the game.
King spent 12 seasons in the NBA -- four with the Knicks -- and he says he has never seen a player with Porzingis' physical attributes do what he can on the floor.
"He's been really outstanding," King told ESPN's Ian Begley. "I've never seen a 7-3 guy that can hit 3-point shots the way he does. Also, he has a tremendous understanding of basketball and where his placement of his body is on the court in terms of positioning. And how to get position."
Despite his current skid, Porzingis has been on fire this season as he has been the focal point of the team since the exit of Carmelo Anthony. He is averaging 27.8 points a game this season, which is fourth in the league, as well as 7.1 rebounds. He is also ranked first in the NBA with 2.3 blocks per game.
But as King pointed out, Porzingis isn't just a forward with a jumpshot. He has a mind for the game, and that is his best weapon.
"What I see most beyond scoring is his court vision. He has great vision," King said. "And you don't always see that in players. And when I say great court vision, he has court vision of a guard.
"That's rare to see that in a big man, particularly of his size. I don't know if we've ever seen that before."
King isn't just impressed with Porzingis, though. He loves what he has seen from Tim Hardaway Jr., who is currently the second-leading scorer on the team with 17.5 points per game.
"Hardaway is having a breakout year. He's really playing great basketball," King said. "Bringing him back to New York has really energized him. But he has come back as more of mature athlete -- someone who can hand the pressure of the moment."
The Knicks may be just one game over .500 at 8-7 so far this season, but the energy in Madison Square Garden has been something that King hasn't felt since his playing days in the arena.
"We started hearing the chant of 'De-fense, De-fense' reigning down from the rafters and you know the fans are in to the game...It's really been fun to watch," he said.
Led by Porzingis and Hardaway, this young Knicks team has shown promise early this season. Despite their lack of starpower that some teams possess, King believes the Knicks' determination to prove people wrong and ability to work together will get them somewhere soon, if not this season.
"There's a resiliency and I've seen that the club has a great deal of energy that it plays with. It plays with a central core of desire and passion," king says. "That's what the game was always about and I love to see that they, as a team, command that. They're going to continue to grow. They will get better."