Fields ranks fourth among rookies in scoring (10.8 ppg), second in rebounding (7.1 rpg), eighth in assists (1.6 apg) and second in field goal percentage (.544). He started all 19 games for the Knicks this season, leads all NBA guards in rebounds and is the only rookie in the top eight in scoring.
The Knicks, finding a diamond in the rough, have visibly come away with the steal of the draft so far. Fields has been all over the place, providing his team with depth in addition crucial skills that the team has lacked in a guard for quite some time.
There’s no doubt that his rebounding number stands strong above all. As the Knicks continued to preach to players like Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari to collect more boards, Fields swooped in to become the entire league’s leading rebounding guard.
His stellar defense and steady maturity have made Fields a favorite with the Knicks’ coaching staff. While the team does not (often) depend on Fields to score, there’s a chance his offensive skills could blossom in the NBA also, as Fields led his college division in scoring last season.
Nevertheless, he has been able to recognize, accept, and embrace his role on the Knicks, becoming of utmost value to them in the process. Obviously the NBA has taken notice of the individual success of Fields, in addition to the success of his team, and the impact he, himself, has on it.
Congrats to Landry!