Kanter scored 16 points (6-11 FG, 4-5 FT) while adding five rebounds in 23 minutes during Friday's preseason loss to the Wizards.
The 25-year-old center's role is still up in the air as the Knicks try to redefine themselves without Carmelo Anthony, but Kanter has proven in the past that he can provide solid scoring and a presence on the glass when he gets significant minutes. Friday's start came with Kristaps Porzingis (rest) in street clothes, however, and it remains to be seen whether coach Jeff Hornacek sees the two as complementary pieces in his frontcourt, or whether Kanter will come off the bench as he did with the Thunder.
Kanter will draw the start at center during Friday's preseason contest against the Wizards, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.
Kanter came off the bench during the team's preseason opener Tuesday, but coach Jeff Hornacek has opted to see how he looks as the starter Friday. It's unclear if he'll be the starting center when the season begins -- that may be determined through preseason performances.
Kanter is expected to eventually start at center for the Knicks, but not if Kyle O' Quinn or Willy Hernangomez have anything to say about it. His late addition to the team after the Carmelo Anthony trade has resulted in a crowded frontcourt, so right now it remains to be seen how the minutes under center will be divvied out. This (and the fact that he's now playing for the Knicks) makes Kanter a high-risk pick in drafts this season.
Kanter will come off the bench during Tuesday's preseason opener against the Nets, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Kanter was working with the first unit during Sunday's intra-squad scrimmage, but it appears his first preseason action with his new team will come off the bench. That being said, it's still only the preseason and coach Jeff Hornacek will likely experiment with multiple different lineups, so this doesn't mean Kanter is a foregone conclusion to come off the bench once the regular season approaches. The Knicks will start Kyle O'Quinn and Kristaps Porzingies at power forward and center, respectively, on Tuesday.
Kanter worked with the first unit during Sunday's intra-squad scrimmage, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
Kanter came over from the Thunder in the Carmelo Anthony deal, and it appears he'll have a chance to begin the year as the Knicks' starting center alongside Kristaps Porzingis. While he's a talented scorer and rebounder, Kanter is one of the league's worst defensive big men, which has ultimately lowered his ceiling as a player, as well as a fantasy commodity. If he's able to hold onto the starting spot in New York -- Joakim Noah will serve a suspension to begin the season -- he should see an uptick in value, though the Knicks have a number of intriguing young big men who could cut into Kanter's workload.
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