Lance Thomas, A
The glue guy; the player who makes the New York Knicks whole (if you can ever call them that). That’s exactly what Lance Thomas does for the squad.
Not even in the rotation heading into the season, Thomas quickly established himself as one of the best player on the squad.
He contributes in so many ways. Whether it’s defensively on a tough swingman, or being accountable on help-defense, Thomas is needed on the court for the Knicks to be at least a little solid along the perimeter.
While 8.5 points and 2.1 rebounds doesn’t sound like much, Thomas is invaluable to this season’s squad.
Carmelo Anthony, A-
The 2015-16 NBA season could easily be called Carmelo Anthony’s best yet, and it has nothing to do with him putting the ball in the basket.
Averaging only 21.4 point per game on .426 from the floor, the 31-year old Melo has altered his game in a way that is creating more opportunity for teammates and success for the franchise.
His 4.2 assists per game leads the team and is the most of his career. His injuries are the only reason he’s not at an A.
It was amazing to think Kristaps Porzingis was supposed to be a two or three year project when Phil brought him aboard. Quickly, though, we realized the Knicks selected a gem.
KP became the poster-boy in the NBA for the put-back dunk, doing it time and time again. Not only can he score the ball (13.9 PPG), he does everything well. His slim body hasn’t even hurt his toughness under the basket (7.7 RPG).
The best part about Porzingis is this: He’s a coaches dream. He says and does all the right things and has a basketball sense that can be only matched by few.
The sky is the limit for this kid who can be a cornerstone of an NBA organization for a decade-plus.