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Pablo Prigioni's stats might not jump out at you, but his motor and savvy IQ do when watching him play.
He's the type of guy who can impact a game without taking a shot.
I've watched Prigioni all year and can honestly say he's one of the sneakiest, most clever players in the league. He hustles defensively, getting his hands in passing lanes, poking balls away and coming up with steals that the offense never sees coming. He racked up five of them in Game 3 against the Celtics.
This is a guy who makes the extra pass, knocks down the open shot, handles the ball, spreads the floor and defends with passion.
With Prigioni in the lineup, the Knicks are a more efficient team on both sides of the ball. He got 30 minutes in Game 3 because of his effectiveness throughout, and coach Mike Woodson has felt comfortable leaving the 35-year-old rookie in the starting lineup.
Clearly, Prigioni is not your typical NBA rookie.