Defense: Joakim Noah
Noah was supposed to improve the defense from 2015-16 that finished 18th in points allowed per 100 possessions. He was brought in to anchor the unit like he did in his Chicago heyday. In case you’ve been living under a rock, things haven’t gone well.
The Knicks rank 23rd in points allowed in the paint, 25th in points allowed per 100 possessions, and 28th in defensive rebounding percentage.
Noah isn’t the only reason things have been such a disaster, but he’s one of the biggest. The former Defensive Player of the Year is defending 5.8 FGA at the rim per game and allowing opponents to convert on 57.3 percent of those attempts.
Noah has a career-worst individual defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions) of 107. He’s not even close to the best defensive player in his frontcourt.
Thank God for Kristaps Porzingis.