David Fizdale says Noah Vonleh is the Knicks’ most complete player
One player who’s making the most out of his stay in New York is Noah Vonleh, who has been a great addition to the Knicks this season. His 7’3″ wingspan, perimeter shooting, athleticism, and defense are some of the reasons why he’s been a valuable asset to the team.
Knicks head coach David Fizdale even called him the Knicks’ most complete player, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley.
“He does a little bit of everything for us,” Fizdale said. “I would say he’s probably our most complete player [this season].”
Vonleh is having a career year with the Knicks, averaging 8.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc.
With Kristaps Porzingis out for likely the rest of the season, the Knicks have been focused on rebuilding this year. In their roster, there are five players who were picked in the top ten of their respective draft classes.
Enes Kanter was a third overall pick by the Utah Jazz in 2011. They also have Trey Burke, whom the Minnesota Timberwolves picked ninth overall in 2013. Noah Vonleh was picked by the Portland Trail Blazers ninth overall in 2014. Emmanuel Mudiay and Mario Hesonja, 2015’s seventh and eighth overall picks drafted previously by the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic, respectively.
Aside from Kanter, all of these players are trying to rejuvenate their careers after disappointing stints with their mother teams. They found an opportunity to do that with the Knicks, who were able to acquire them via trade or free agency.
It is unclear whether Noah Vonleh is going to be part of the team’s long-term future or if he’s just a one-year rental, but one thing’s for sure. His efforts are starting to pay-off.