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Porzingis leads Knicks to unexpected start

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There is a Unicorn running rapidly through Madison Square Garden, crowned as the new leader of his team and a future best in the league; of course I am talking about Kristaps Porzingis.

The Knicks are only 20 games into the season, and they are one of the league’s most surprising teams in the league and are already on pace for well above their projected wins this season. The thanks can go to Porzingis growing as a leade.

The Knicks season started with a loss to the OKC Thunder, the new team of Carmelo Anthony who was traded just before the season started. Anthony and Porzingis talked after the game and Anthony told him to embrace being the new face of the team. The Knicks lost three games after with the whole team adjusting to the new offseason acquisitions and change of role without the league’s 29th best scoring player of all time. They then won seven of their next 10, including a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Porzingis has emerged as a leader of the team, shooting 40 percent from three, 82 percent from the line and just below 50 percent from the field, while averaging 27 points a game, which is insane for any player to accomplish. Not to mention, he is just in his third season and he is over 7 feet tall. At the beginning of the season, he was expected to play center, but with the addition of center Enes Kanter, he stayed at the power forward position and has flourished. It has been a very long time since a 7-footer has made 3s from the logo and posterizing dunks in the same game. While Porzingis leads, the team continues to grow as Tim Hardaway scored 14 points in the fourth quarter against the Jazz.

The crazy numbers might not last, but the Knicks are a team to lookout for that can surprise any team.

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