SmoothLefty21 wrote:vallen wrote:SmoothLefty21 wrote:KP has to move to the 5 to maximize his potential (and the team's) for a variety of reasons. If he doesn't and we go through the same crap of Melo "I don't want to play the 4 anymore even though we just had the best Knicks season in 14 years" garbage it'll be heartbreaking.
It's the friggin NBA in 2018. There isn't a crazy amount of banging inside anymore. Most teams favor transition defense over offensive rebounding. There is no reason for him to not play the 5.
he got beat to crap as a 4 how is he supposed to bang with 5's ? if he adds an incredible amount of muscle I wont argue, but I dont think he has the frame to produce the strength needed. and hes not that kind of player anyway. hes not going to back people down in the post hes a shooter. KP is a 4. He doesnt even play like a 5. hes tall but his frame is weak.
dude was "tired" more than a month before the all-star game. and then he was eventually broken.
How did he get beat to crap by 4s? I don't agree with that. "Doesn't play like a 5" is ridiculous, every year we move closer to positionless basketball and he's the ideal stretch 5 of the next generation. The ironic part is that we tried to iso him and have him backdown from the elbow/mid-post a ton last year.
he sucks backing down and looks uncomfortable doin it. its awkward and forced T.O's. KP's game is shooting over smaller 4's. When he got off to that hot start it was doin what he was comfortable doing. Shooting. And not even mid-season he told the press he was "tired" and it showed throughout the rest of the season. the double teams and physicality wore him out quickly. I think he would be fine at the 5 offensively because the next gen are shooters, but i think its too heavy a toll on his body that he cant handle. he also needs some roster help so he doesnt get doubled so much.