Thaddeus Young was one of those defenders who always seemed to frustrate Kristaps Porzingis, who used his strength to ground the Latvian and hold him to 38% shooting in their first seven matchups.

But like most of Porzingis’ opponents these days, Young was absolutely torched on Sunday night by the new and improved 22-year-old. So what’s the difference?

“Melo’s not there,” Young told the Daily News after his Pacers were upended by the Knicks, 108-101. “So he’s going to get the ball 10 or 15 more times per game. Anytime a guy sees the ball that much, the rim just gets bigger.”

A lot of us were wrong about Porzingis’ ability to assume the burden so soon in his career. He and the Knicks are actually better without Carmelo Anthony, if only because it means Porzingis is getting more opportunities.

Phil Jackson was certainly wrong.