The New York Knicks are considering moving Kristaps Porzingis to center when he returns from injury.
With the New York Knicks season going in the wrong direction coach Jeff Hornacek might make some changes to the lineup when Kristaps Porzingis returns.
According to Ian Begley of ESPN, Hornacek said that the coaching staff is thinking about moving Porzingis to center. Porzingis has missed the last three games due to a sore left Achilles. He could be back in the lineup against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
“We’ve got to look at everything. In the long run, we’ve got to look at hey, when KP comes back, what, will it change everything all together and what it will do? Sometimes it’s a chance you have to take, but we continue to look over that. We just need to mix it up maybe a little more.”
If Porzingis gets moved to center, then current center Joakim Noah would go to the second unit and Carmelo Anthony would move to power forward. The move would be the second lineup change for the Knicks. On Monday, Ron Baker played in place of shooting guard Courtney Lee. Hornacek wants to give Lee more offensive opportunities with the second unit and thinks Baker can make the best decisions on offense and play good defense.
Lee posted pictures from the Dumb and Dumber movies on Instagram on Monday but said that they weren’t a shot at anyone in the Knicks organization. He was just upset about all the close losses.
The Knicks should make a move and see how Porzingis plays at center. Noah, their current center, has had a horrible season, averaging just 5.6 points, according to Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. With Porzingis at center and Melo at power forward the Knicks would have their best offensive lineup, although it could hurt the defense a little. The Knicks have lost 11 of their last 13 games and needed to do something to turn things around.
The Knicks phenom is averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, two blocks, and 2.1 three-pointers made this season. Moving Porzingis to center might not turn things around for the Knicks, but they need to try it. Otherwise, their season will continue to be a loss.