To be fair, I don't think the Knicks are going to insist on playing Porzingis at center like the Raptors did with Bargs (I'm aware the presence of Chris Bosh was likely the driver of that), and the Robin Lopez signing will go a long was to just letting Porzingis develop in less of a forced way. I liked the Jerian Grant pickup for them as well - the Knicks are putting together some nicer young players than they've had in a while (which is admittedly setting the bar very low) and could be in a nice rebuilding situation once they get the pick they owe this year out of the way, should they move on from Carmelo (who I'm not convinced Phil loves).As someone that had to sit through 5+ years of Bargnani I can say this. Whether or not this kid succeeds depend on whether he can average 8+ rebounds in 30 minutes. If he can do that then we'll talk about the other parts of his game. If not then we're likely looking at a NBA journeyman and a fringe role player as there simply isn't a starting role for a light rebounding 7 footer in the league. Not being able to rebound as a big man brings too much negative to your game where it's nearly impossible for you to do things in other areas to negate that.
Porzingis' came to the NBA not as a go-to scorer but as a guy that had the ability to be a defensive game changer while having the potential to be a plus offensive player. There are some encouraging signs defensively, he moves well laterally for his size, and shows some ability to defend out on the perimeter.Watched the first two minutes and wasn't impressed. He starts all his offensive moves too far away from the basket. He lacks a goto move off which to base other moves.