As the new NBA season creeps closer and closer by the day, Sports Illustrated began to release their Top 100 players for the 2018-19 season. And one New York Knicks player has fallen on the list.
Kristaps Porzingis came in at No. 52 on the list after a 2017 season that had some big ups, and ultimately, a season-ending down.
"If healthy, Porizingis (22.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG) would have had a strong case as a top-20 player," SI wrote. "By record and point differential, the 2017-18 Knicks were a playoff bubble team with the Latvian big man on the court. After he suffered a season-ending ACL tear in early February, though, New York was pitiful, ranking No. 28 in winning percentage and No. 26 in net rating. Porzingis was on track to solidifying his reputation as a franchise player, and his unfortunate injury was the difference for the Knicks between being competitive and noncompetitive, relevant and irrelevant, watchable and unwatchable."