I continue on looking at ESPN’s player rankings and where all of the New York Knicks players are ranked and that brings me too another new addition to this season’s Knicks team- point guard Pablo Prigioni.
Prigioni is the second lowest rated Knicks’ player, coming in at No. 437 out of 500, but he’s a guy that could ultimately play a lot better than that ranking would suggest.
At 35 years of age, Prigioni will become the oldest NBA rookie ever this season with the Knicks, but he’s certainly not a rookie experience-wise and he will have value to head coach Mike Woodson as the team’s third point guard.
Prigioni comes to the Knicks with a very nice resume as a creative, pass-first point guard. Prigioni led the Euroleague in assists during the 2005-06 season. He was voted the best point guard of the Spanish ACB League in 2006, 2007, and 2009. He is a very good passer and also a very good defender and he led the Spanish League in steals during the 2002-03 season.
He has been selected to the Spanish ACB League All-Star Game, the All-Spanish ACB League Team and the All-Spanish ACB League Defensive Team. He has also been selected to the All-Euroleague Second Team two times during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons.
While the Knicks struggled at the point guard position a year ago, being able to bring a savvy veteran off the bench is great for the Knicks.
Judging by his play for Argentina in the Olympics, Prigioni is a guy who will take care of the ball, get the ball to his scorers in good position and play solid defense. He’s also a guy who can knock down a jumper or two along the way.
You can never have too many playmakers throughout the course of a season and although he won’t play major minutes, Prigioni should turn into a guy that Knicks’ fans will really like.
The No. 437 ranking seems a bit low for a guy with the resume of a Prigioni, but being that he’s never played a second in the NBA, it’s understandable. However, he’s a guy who if given the opportunity, should produce at a little higher level than that ranking would indicate.
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