In a last minute trade deadline deal, the New York Knicks sent Pablo Prigioni to the Houston Rockets.
While this Knicks season has been long over, the deal was to the dismay of many Knicks fans. Prigioni established himself as a fan favorite. His energetic and creative play was great to watch. Here, we recap his five greatest moments as a New York Knick.
5. Signature Stolen Inbounds Pass Leading to an Outstanding Pass and Dunk.
This play shows everything right with the Argentinian guard. He is a pesky defender who has an incredibly high motor, and is a very crafty, precise passer. On this play, he did his signature stealing of the inbound pass, before storming down the court and sending a perfectly placed pass to J.R. Smith for the slam.
4. Prigoni Dunks?!
Anyone who has ever seen Pablo Prigioni play knows he is not a fan of the paint. He has passed up open layups on many occasions. So, when Prigioni dunked in pregame warm ups behind Walt Clyde Frazier, it was definitely a jaw dropping moment for all Knick’s fans, and maybe even “Priggy” himself.
Also, Prigioni’s final memory as a New York Knick is also, shockingly, a dunk, While their unfortunately is no video of his dunk, this dunk occurred in practice just hours before his departure.
3. Setting up J.R. Smith with the Electrifying Dunk, as the Crowd Erupted at MSG.
This play has to be one of the best memories from the Knicks 2012-13 run. Prigioni tossed up an alley oop, and before anyone could even react, J.R. Smith put down the reverse no look slam. The MSG crowd went absolutely nuts, as did Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks bench.
Not only was the play excellent, the game was too. It was a blowout Knicks win over the San Antonio Spurs, the model of NBA consistency. The Knicks absolutely dominating this game showed New York basketball was back, for that season at least.
2. Prigioni Wins 13 straight as Starting Point Guard.
The Knicks were on a brutal West Coast road trip, that had them lose four consecutive games by double digits. Their were only 17 games remaining in the season, and the Knicks were barely clinging on to their lead in the Atlantic Division. Changes clearly needed to be made, and Head Coach Mike Woodson inserted Pablo Prigioni into the starting lineup.
That decision paid off greatly, as the Knicks would go on to win 13 consecutive games to clinch the Number 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Prigioni’s ball movement and pesky defense was a major catalyst behind the turn around that saved the Knicks season. They won the division with this decisive win.
1. Prigioni Scores 14 points, Grabs 5 rebounds to Win Playoff Series for New York.
The Knicks were desperate. They were leading this first round playoff series against the Boston Celtics 3-0, before dropping two consecutive games. A Game 7 was worst case scenario at this point, they had to win. They did, in large part due to the play of Prigioni. He scored 14 points on 5-9 shooting, making 4-6 threes. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished out 3 assists. He set career highs that still stand to this date with his 14 points and 4 converted threes.
NY Sports Hub would like to thank Pablo Prigioni for 2.5 amazing years as a New York Knick. We wish him the best of luck in Houston.