I'm not a fan of the forced or lazy narrative. I prefer history, trends and facts. So, from observing the evolution of the game of basketball for years, I'm hesitant to say that "small ball" will be the way the game will be played forever.
With that being said, it should give Knicks fans hope that the player that fell to them at #4 in the 2015 draft is indeed what the future looks like at the five position. The future of the NBA is centers with complete offensive skill sets who can get out and guard pick-and-roll, which Kristaps Porzingis has already proven adequate at.
I agree with Kevin Yeung of FanSided in talking about the need for a Swiss Army knife, two-way big being the biggest commodity in defeating small ball teams (such as the Golden State Warriors) going forward. And while the prospect of Porzinigis playing mostly the center position with Carmelo Anthony at the four excites all Knicks fans, it's important not to rush KP into that role too quickly.
Basketball is a business that focuses on the legs and Porzinigis has to prove he can firmly supplant his base against bigger defenders. If you're rooting to see more Porzingis at the five this year, then root for the other team to go small. It's something that we should see more of in the Eastern Conference this year and will only benefit New York.
In the end, the Knicks appear to be ahead of the game on where basketball is headed thanks to their selection of Porzinigis, and that's something that hasn't been said around 4 Penn Plaza since the days of another franchise big man named Patrick Ewing.
If you allow yourself to look a little down the road, all signs are pointing to the fact that the future is certainly bright at Madison Square Garden.