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Pablo Prigioni

Apr 26, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni (9) is guarded by Boston Celtics guard Jason Terry (4) during the second quarter of game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Despite never averaging above 22 minutes a game Prigioni became a fan favorite and a very valuable Knick. For reasons only known to coach Mike Woodson, Prigioni was passed over for the likes of Jason Kidd and the previously mentioned Smith in big moments in the playoffs this past year. This despite that almost every offensive thing the Knicks could do was done better when Pablo played.

For example in the regular season the Knicks assist percentage was improved from 50 to 57 percent when Pablo played and from a paltry 40 to 53 percent in the playoffs.

In other words the Knicks strength, ball movement, was most used when Pablo was in at the point guard or shooting guard. The Knicks also had a better efg%, more steals, and scored more when the Argentinian was on the hardwood.

Pablo didn’t shoot much but shot 45 percent (not bad) and nearly 40 percent from three.

With the corpse of Kidd retiring and the Knicks success when Prigioni played the 35 year old rookie should come back on a one year deal, if he doesn’t bolt back to Argentina.

Prediction/Decision: He heads back to Argentina/Keep him

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Topics: J.R. Smith, NBA Playoffs, New York Knicks, New York Knicks Rumors, Pablo Prigioni

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