Noah Vonleh not worried about long-term future with the Knicks
New York Knicks forward Noah Vonleh has been a roll of the dice that has bounced favorably for the youth movement that the organization plans to put in place throughout the season. Despite being a one-year signing, his rise to the starting lineup this early in the 2018-19 campaign have brought the potential for being part of this team long-term due to his all-around skill set.
“It’s a one-year thing and too early to call it,’’ said Vonleh, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post. “We’re only eight games in. The season can change, but I’m trying to keep the same mentality all season and bringing energy and be consistent and help teammates out. I definitely want to be here in New York, but that’s up in the air. I have to focus on this season and go from there.”
Noah Vonleh leapfrogged former starter Lance Thomas, who had started the first five games of the regular season and all of the preseason before Vonleh’s athleticism and defense were called upon by coach David Fizdale.
“I showed them I can be a great communicator on the defensive [end], able to switch, move my feet, stay in front of guards, alter shots,’’ said Vonleh. “I’ll continue getting better at that. Offensively I try to get guys open [with picks] and create opportunities.”
The Knicks have opted to go full-youth with Frank Ntilikina at point and Mitchell Robinson at center, also making two veterans lose their starting jobs (Trey Burke and Enes Kanter) with the movement under full swing.
“I like the lineup,’’ said Vonleh said. “We won against Brooklyn, we gave Indiana, Boston, Golden State tough times, putting up fights. It’s a great unit — 1-to-5 switching everything. I feel like we can keep it going all year. We’re young and will start to click more as the season goes on.”
Vonleh has posted 10 rebounds in his last two games as a starter and a double-double against the Pacers on Wednesday, a sign his stock is only moving up within the franchise’s eyes.