Brian DiMennaOver at NBA.com, John Schuhmann passes along just some crazy numbers regarding Pablo Prigioni so far this postseason.
In his 155 minutes, New York has an Offensive Rating of 109.4 to go with a Defensive Rating of 85.4 for a Net Rating of + 24. Compare this to when he’s off the court, the Knicks have played 234 minutes with an Offensive Rating of 94.2, a Defensive Rating of 98.2 and a Net Rating of -4.1.
Obviously, those numbers aren’t the be all and end all, as its only eight games, and those stats still have a lot to do with who else you’re playing with and all the usual caveats, but it’s still incredibly impressive and jives with what has been a general sense, which is that Prigioni has really stabilized the Knicks’ starting lineup, something that was a real issue in the middle of the season. Prigioni’s been especially good this postseason, not only making his usual smart plays, but showing a pretty healthy three-point stroke and even the ability to make those little floaters driving to the hoop. There was no doubt that Prigs took a while to get comfortable, as he spent a good portion of the season looking like he wanted to ask permission before every shot, but when you combine his pesky defense and ability to get steals, with his general Argentinian savvy on offense, he’s just been a huge addition.