New York Knicks Sign Pablo Prigioni

According to Marc Berman, the Knicks have come to an agreement with Spanish league star, Argentine point guard, Pablo Prigioni:

His U.S. agent George Bass confirms Pablo Prigioni is a Knick.

 

Prigioni is a 35-year old point guard who has spent most of his professional career playing in the Spanish league, but hails from Argentina where he plays with the national team for the Olympics and in other international tournaments.

This previous season, the 6’3″ point guard averaged 7.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 2.2 steals per game in about 28 minutes per game. Although at 35-years old, Prigioni has lost a step according to Walter Szczerbiak, Spanish League Ambassador, Prigioni is still considered one of the best play-making point guards in all of Spain, where he once was considered the best. Szczerbiak (via the Berman article) claims that Prigioni is in excellent shape, and wiry thin like Steve Nash – a player who appears younger than he is.

Prigioni is not particularly explosive, especially at his age, but he does possess a quick first step, and is a strong finisher at the basket, particularly with his right hand. Though his three-point percentages don’t necessarily reflect tremendous accuracy, he can hit an open three-pointer, and appears to be dangerous if a defender goes under a screen.

In terms of his play-making abilities (considered his best asset), Prigioni is accurate setting shooters up on curls, hitting the roll man in pick-and-rolls, or driving and dishing.

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The deal will be for one year and likely for the rookie’s minimum, according to Jared Zwerling at ESPN New York. Prigioni will play a nice role off the bench, though it appears he’ll be the third string point guard behind Jeremy Lin and Jason Kidd. Of course, Prigioni’s skills as a play-maker could be great to teach Lin and even Iman Shumpert who needs to work on his play-making abilities.

Another savvy move by Glen Grunwald and company, and one that likely sews up the point guard rotation.

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