Of the ten Villanova players who played in the NBA, four are with the New York Knicks. However, we are not talking about ordinary players, but a group that left an indelible mark on the university located in Pennsylvania. now, those same players made history in the Big Apple.
The Knicks are having one of the best months in their history. That’s saying a lot for one of the NBA’s most important franchises, owner of two rings.
They have 8 consecutive victories and, during January, they reached 14 victories, most wins since March 1994 and just one less than most in their history, when they got 15 in December 1968.
What is the secret to the success of the New York Knicks?
When we say Villanova 2016 we think of one of the best university teams of the century. The team has built a winning culture, mainly thanks to the former coach Jay Wrightwho has led the development of the current four Knicks for most of his 21-year tenure.
So many Jalen Brunson, Josh Hart, Donte DiVincenzo As Ryan Arcidiacono They always had words of praise for Wright, who returned Villanova to success after 31 years. The epic combines the group of players who won the NCAA final in 2016 thanks to a triple from Chris Jenkins on the last basket against the Tar Heels.
The Knicks include a group of players on their squad who have made history, who are part of a university legend and who have contributed to a winning culture in a franchise that hasn’t reached the NBA Finals in 24 years. The key is that Brunson, Hart and DiVicenzo, three of the team’s most important players, they continue to maintain chemistry.
The Villanova boys are excited for the Knicks
Jalen Bruson is the team’s legendary number three in the standings, just behind the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. In January, The Knicks won 10 games by a margin of 15 pointsThey also have the best Net rating, a product with the second best defense and best rebounding percentage.
In the first month of the year, Brunson averaged 28.9 points, 7.7 assists and 61.6% true shooting.while DiVincenzo recorded 15.6 points, 3.5 three-pointers per game and a true shooting rate of 60.6%, including a game of 9 three-pointers against the Utah Jazz.
Hart, for his part, is the spare tire on a team with a great defense. He contributed 7.1 points per game and 8.3 rebounds, in addition to his solid performance of 29 minutes per game. That trio, with Brunson as the star, DiVicenzo as the second sword after the injury Julius Randleand Hart doing the dirty work on defense, is the key to the team’s success. Tom Thibodeau.
How far can the Knicks get? Nobody knows it, but they are leading the way to the postseason in a remarkable way, strong in attack and strong in defense. They have held 14 of 15 opponents under 100 points. A lot has been said. Perhaps, we will witness the rebirth of the legendary Knicks.