Kornet played most of the first half of the season in the G League but got the call-up with the Knicks for the better second half and responded by being productive off the bench. The former Vanderbilt center's best game of his rookie campaign came on the final day of the regular season when he exploded for 23 points at Cleveland. Given his stat line in limited minutes, Kornet may be able to find at least a two-way deal with an NBA team when free agency opens in July.
Kornet produced 17 points (6-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and one block in 21 minutes during Friday's 122-98 victory over the Heat.
Kornet connected on a career-high four three-pointers on his way to 17 points to go with eight rebounds. Once again, Kornet was able to put up some nice value in limited minutes and is certainly a player to watch over the final couple of games. The Knicks have nothing to play for and Kornet is a player they would like to evaluate. He is still not worth owning in many leagues but could be worth a flier in deeper leagues if you need some big man stats with perimeter upside.
Kornet has six points (2-7 FG, 2-5 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes during Friday's 108-104 loss to Minnesota.
Kornet was not able to produce much value despite seeing 21 minutes of action Friday. He has been in and out of the lineup over the past few weeks and has flashed a small amount of upside in that time. He has a unique skillset and if he ever does move into a more prominent role, he could be a player worth keeping an eye on.
New York assigned Kornet to the G League's Westchester Knicks on Wednesday, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Kornet will play for Westchester on Wednesday in their game against the Wisconsin Herd and could stick with the affiliate until Friday's game against the Erie BayHawks, which marks the end of the G League regular season. After Friday, Kornet and other two-way players will no longer be subject to the 45-day NBA service time limit, so it's expected that the Knicks will recall the seven-footer at that time and find minutes for him off the bench the rest of the way.
Kornet will return to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks.
Kornet started his first career game Sunday against the Raptors with Enes Kanter (back) sitting out, impressing with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block across 34 minutes. However, both Kanter and Lance Thomas (thumb) are returning to the lineup Tuesday and will be re-inserted into the top unit, which sends Kornet and Michael Beasley back to the bench. Kornet should see significantly less playing time, though his strong showing could earn him some more looks over the last month of the season.
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