Despite a disappointing finish in Phoenix, things are still looking up for the New York Knicks, especially so for Kristaps Porzingis.

The New York Knicks have a lot to be happy about this holiday season.

They sit at 14-11, good for fourth place in the East. They have shown tremendous progression under Jeff Hornacek. They have several quality wins under their belt. They were able to weather an early storm, recover from a slow start, and are now playing very good basketball.

Perhaps the biggest reason for the Knicks and their fans to be happy is the continued development of forward Kristaps Porzingis. The Latvian phenomenon, who finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting last season, has made great strides this season, and looks to be a future All-Star for years to come.

Porzingis’ stats have risen considerably across the board from a year ago, and the 7-foot-3 big man has shown no signs of the famed sophomore slump.

Kristaps Porzingis’ fantastic start to the season has many fans and pundits alike wondering if he has taken the reigns as the go-to player in New York, ahead of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. While that might be a little premature, Porzingis fast start definitely should have him in the running for Most Improved Player.

Let’s take a look at his statistics and impact across the board, and see just how much of a jump the Knicks future of the franchise has taken.

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Staff Writer at Elite Sports New York. Lead Writer at New York Sports Hub and My Weekly Sports. Twitter, instagram: @skylardarel. Avid fan of the Yankees, Knicks, Giants, New York City FC, FC Barcelona, and Arsenal FC. Sophomore at the College of New Jersey, studying Communication. Aspiring play-by-play commentator. Grew up in Manhattan, and proud to know how to work the Subway system.