“Often times Prigioni himself is the sole and direct catalyst of these transition opportunities. Particularly against the Pacers, Prigioni’s insistence on pushing the ball forced confusion and mismatches. (Indiana cross-matched David West and Tyler Hansbrough on Knicks guards so Paul George, the team’s small forward, could guard Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks’ small ball power forward.However, Anthony guards West on the other end, forcing Indiana to re-align on every defense possession.) Here we can see only Prigioni and Shumpert are up the floor, while all five Pacers players have hustled back. Two-on-five might not seem like great odds, but also notice the first signs of communication breakdowns in Indiana’s defense: everyone is pointing at someone, and Indiana is having a hard time figuring out who should be guarding whom.”
Tommy DeeThis is a great illustration and one that proves Prigioni’s true worth without attaching a metric value. Moving the ball and getting into an offensive set before the defense is set causes mismatches and miscommunication. One of Mike Woodson’s most questionable decisions during the playoffs was sitting Prigs for long stretches and thus missing out on the subtle things he brings both offensively and defensively.
I think bringing him back is an absolute no-brainer and I’m surprised as to why the Knicks have held decisions so close to the vest. Per dollar he is as valuable as any rotation player in the league as far as I’m concerned.