Oh yeah, New York Knicks phenoms Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez are both ready for NBA All-Star Weekend.
The New York Knicks haven’t had much to celebrate recently, but what they do have going for them is the bright futures of Kristaps Porzingis and Willy Hernangomez.
The two will be making their way to New Orleans to display their talents during All-Star weekend in the BBVA Compass Rising Star Challenge. They both will be representing The World Team and as seen above in an Instagram photo from KP, they’re on their way.
Porzingis participated in the Rising Star Challenge last season. He put on a show scoring 30 points. He shot 12-for-16 from the field while connecting on five of the eight three-pointers that he took.
Hernangomez is replacing the injured Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay has been dealing with back issues over the course of this season.
No doubt Hernangomez is definitely deserving to represent the World Team. He is having a strong rookie campaign and he is getting better and better every day.
Each month his rebounds and points per game totals have been on the rise. Over the last 10 games, he is averaging 9.6 points and 8.7 rebounds.
He has displayed good footwork and post moves, which for being such a young player, is exciting to watch. He is someone who will continue to get better over time.
Coach Jeff Hornacek should start given Hernangomez more consistent playing time. He has spoken recently about how he sees play-making abilities for Hernangomez.
Hernangomez certainly offers more production than Joakim Noah, who has battled injuries recently. Noah averaging 5.0 points and 8.7 rebounds. He is not living up to his four-year 72 million dollar contract.
For a New York Knicks team that is struggling, it is a great sign to see that two of their young players are getting the recognition by playing in this event during all-star weekend.
Furthermore, it is providing hope for fans. By witnessing the future of the New York Knicks front court on such a large stage is beyond exciting to ponder.