Player Profile: Pablo Prigioni

BACKGROUD:

Pablo Prigioni is a 6’3” point guard from Argentina. Before signing with the Knicks for the veteran’s minimum, he had spent his entire playing career playing overseas. He spent the first three years of his career (1995-1998) playing in the Argentine LNB League. From there, he spent two years playing in the Spanish ACB League, before transferring to the Spanish ACB League in 2002. He returned to the Spanish ACB League in 2002 where he has played since. Since 2003, he’s played in 183 games, averaging 6.2 points per game, 4.4 assists per game and 1.7 steals per game. He led the Spanish League in steals in 2003 and assists in 2006.

Prigioni has also been a member of the Argentine National Basketball Team since 2003, playing on the team that won an Olympic bronze medal in 2008.

OFFENSE:

Prigioni is known as a pass-first point guard. He’s been compared to Steve Nash, in the way he orchestrates the offense, and his arrival to America has been expected for several years now, for this reason. His preferred shot is the spot-up jumper, although he’s shot just 42% from the floor since 2003. He shot well from beyond the arc (36%) and is a superb free throw shooter (85%).

DEFENSE:

Prigioni has a reputation as a solid defender. He was named to the All Spanish Defensive Team in the past. He’s averaged over a steal per game in each season since 2003. He has a reputation of being a physical player, something that should suit him well in the NBA. The one question about his defense is whether he can keep up with younger and more athletic NBA guards, since Prigioni will enter the 2012-13 NBA season at 35 years old.

ROLE ON TEAM:

Prigioni will start the season as the Knicks’ third-string point guard, behind the likes of Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd. However, with Iman Shumpert out until possibly January, and the possibility of Ronnie Brewer not being ready for the season opener, Prigioni could find himself as the back-up point guard to Raymond Felton, with Jason Kidd playing more of a shooting guard role.