Bernard King sat on the Garden’s celebrity row Tuesday, when the Knicks hosted Charlotte, and said he’s never seen anything like it.
One of many, King is in awe of Kristaps Porzingis, who is off to the best start in Knicks history after a dozen games, averaging 30.4 points.
An offensive technician, King, one of the best pure scorers in Knicks history, sees elements of Porzingis’ greatness beyond the obvious shotmaking, including court vision and passing ability that are overlooked and untapped.
“I’m sitting there watching the game against Charlotte,’’ King told The Post before his Monday book-signing event at the Garden and NBA Store. “He’s hitting shots 3 feet behind the 3-point line. It’s unheard of. I’ve never seen anything like it. And he’s capable of hitting mid-range and posting up.’’
And Porzingis’ gifts go beyond that for King, the 1980s legend who just released his memoir “Game Face’’ and is amid a month-long book-signing tour.
“There’s been a number of players who’ve played with significant height advantages — at 7-3, 7-5, 7-7,’’ King said. “I’ve always said height doesn’t play basketball but talent does. Porzingis is an exceptionally talented young man but beyond, he has a tremendous basketball IQ.
“He understands basketball — the game within the game. He’s able to take advantage of his skill-set — height being one of them. Most big men that height don’t have his range, but his other key things are peripheral vision. He sees the floor very well. He sees cutters and guys spotting up. He has tremendous passing skill. Also on defense, he’s a great shotblocker because he understands placement on the court and where he is at all times.”
The defenses will get even rougher and tougher against Porzingis, King predicts. But King doesn’t want him to get bulkier, despite his thin frame.
“Teams will get more physical with him,’’ said the Hall of Famer from Fort Greene, Brooklyn. “With his height, I don’t think he needs to bulk up and fight that physical play by the opposition. He still needs to be that finesse player and not a power player. You don’t have to fight the guy for the deep low-post position. All you have to do is take what the defense is giving you, and he has the ability to just turn around and shoot. He’s very efficient. I love watching him play because he knows the game.’’
Does he have the tools to one day become regarded as the best ever…