The New York Knicks’ prized free-agent signee is already showing signs of breaking down.
Knicks wing Evan Fournier has been vocal about the team’s struggles thus far in the early NBA season, particularly among the starting five, of which he is a member.
This season, New York’s starters have been spectacularly bad, and the team’s bench has routinely stepped in to save the day.
Fournier, on the other hand, appears to be in need of a re-evaluation.
In the last seven games, his game has crumbled on an individual level.
He averaged 7.4 points on 37.0 percent shooting and 22.6 percent 3-point shooting during that time.
If Fournier were just another Knicks rotation player, that wouldn’t be so bad.
He isn’t—Fournier was the team’s prized offseason acquisition, a scoring winger who signed a four-year, $78 million contract.
He is now the second-highest paid player on the roster, behind star big man Julius Randle.
And that, according to team president Leon Rose, could be a very dangerous problem.
Fournier is his most significant free-agent signing to date, and it already appears that he may be on the verge of becoming a bust.
All Season Long, the Knicks’ Starting Five Have Failed.
The Knicks’ starters have struggled all season, in Fournier’s defense.
According to NBAcomstats, the team’s starting five averages 67.3 points per game, which ranks them 27th in the league. More importantly, they only average 13.2 assists per game, which places them 28th in the league.
That’s where Fournier noticed a problem, which he raised last week.
“Are we playing poorly because we’re missing shots, or are we missing shots because we’re not sharing the ball?” Fournier wondered.
“You always have to ask yourself that question.”
It’s because we aren’t getting good shots and aren’t working the defense hard enough, in my opinion.”
Yes, the Knicks’ starters aren’t moving the ball well, and Fournier is correct.
According to NBAcomstats, he has done well in spot-up situations this season, making 47.5 percent of his attempts, including 3-point attempts.
On spot-ups, which are his bread and butter, he averages 1.15 points per possession, which puts him in the 79th percentile.
Fournier is having trouble because he isn’t making enough of those shots.
Still, Fournier has a lot of ground to make up…
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