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Part of that adjustment has been learning to strike the balance of being aggressive with looking for his own shots while making plays for others.
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In the box score, the 19-year-old averages 2.3 steals per 40 minutes with a 3.5 percent steal rate, acting as a bright spot of turnover creation for a defense that could sorely use more of it.

In the past, questions about Gilgeous-Alexander’s position may have proved damning to his draft stock. Now, they’re a boon. Still, figuring out his NBA role will be complicated. How much can he handle the ball? If he isn’t handling it, can he be a dangerous enough spot-up threat? Where is he best defensively? All of these questions will shape his career trajectory.

In trading for Walker, the Knicks would be addressing that need by pairing Porzingis, who is among the league leaders in scoring as the roll man this season despite ranking in the 34.4 percentile with 1.01 points per possession, with one of the best pick-and-roll scorers in the NBA. Walker is also a great 3-point shooter 锟斤拷 especially when compared to Frank Ntilikina and Jarrett Jack 锟斤拷 which would help him space the floor for Porzingis when he goes to the post, where he generates a high portion of his offense.

It wouldn’t, however, be an easy decision for the Knicks to make because the Hornets would likely want Ntilikina Al Jefferson Jersey to be included in any deal for Walker. Walker is obviously the better player right now, but the Knicks aren’t in the same situation as the Spurs given how much younger their core is. It would ultimately come down to how confident the Knicks are in Ntilikina becoming the Robin to Porzingis’ Batman, and how patient they are willing to be.

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