By positioning Fields behind the three-point line on either corner of the court, the Knicks’ coaching staff is taking away the contributions he had provided in the past. His rebounding numbers are down (from last season’s 6.4 per game to this season’s 3.6) because he is no longer in position to cut to the basket to crash the boards.
Furthermore, his placement on offense is clearly not helping his shooting; he no longer has many opportunities to knock down easy jumpers. Fields is shooting an abysmal 21 percent from beyond the arc. And his 43 percent field goal percentage overall represents nearly an eight percent drop from last season’s solid numbers.