Through all the giddy thrill of the Mario Hezonja signing, it’s easy to forget that the New York Knicks picked up yet another young lottery pick in 23-year-old forward Noah Vonleh. The young big man spoke to Marc Berman of The Post this past weekend in his first interview as a Knick, and promised to bring rebounding to a club that — let’s face it — will probably need all the help they can get.
“Rebounding has always been the biggest thing for me. Since I was a young kid, I was always able to rebound. I got a good eye for what angle it’s coming off and just going after it. That’s my skill that got me in the NBA. That’s what I get myself going with.’’
“I think I can definitely bring a lot,’’ Vonleh said. “They lost guys like Kyle O’Quinn, and Porzingis is hurt right now. Enes Kanter is a great rebounder, but I think I can help with that and bring energy.’’
The great myth of Enes Kanter is that he’s a massive contributor to his team’s defensive rebound rate — last year’s Knicks team finished 21st in the NBA in that statistic. Vonleh really made some strides on the defensive glass last season, posting a career-high 30.2 DRB%, albeit in only 875 minutes. Vonleh won’t come close to replacing Kyle O’Quinn’s offensive versatility, and that won’t really be his job anyway. But if he can control the defensive glass from the power forward spot, he might just be a decent contributor off the Knicks’ bench.