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Pablo Prigioni Needs More Minutes for New York Knicks

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Pablo Prigioni, a 35-year old rookie from Argentina, was expected to be an afterthought for the New York Knicks. However, Prigioni’s masterful execution of the pick-and-roll as well as his crafty defense has made him a valuable asset to the Knicks.

Prigioni is averaging 14.6 minutes per game, and that is a number that needs to rise over the second half of the season. Jason Kidd, who also acts a primary ball handler in addition to Raymond Felton, has been ice cold as of late. New York needs to diminish the amount of minutes Kidd plays, currently set at 27.7 minutes a night.

Over New York’s last ten games, Kidd has gone 10 of 47 (21 percent) from the field. His teammates and coaches encourage him to continue shooting, but at 39-years old, I am not sure how much Kidd’s shooting will improve this season.

Prigioni is a much safer bet for the Knicks, as he simply brings more to the table than J-Kidd. Prigioni is a better defender, much more of a threat in the pick-and-roll, and also is healthier (Kidd’s back has been an ongoing issue).

Kidd is an all-time great NBA player, and will absolutely become a Hall-of-Famer when he decides to retire (which will more than likely be in the coming years).

However, right now, the Knicks need to minimize his minutes in favor of Prigioni if they want to have any shot at making a run towards the end of the season, and carry that momentum all the way into the playoffs.

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