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Knicks Rumors: Kristaps Porzingis vowed to satisfy the fans with his improved skills, serious in taking the role as the future face of the franchise

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New York Knicks power forward/center Kristaps Porzingis continues to improve these skills this offseason with the goal of helping his team contend for the title in the upcoming season.

Kristaps Porzingis was a revelation for the New York Knicks since he was drafted in 2015. When Porzingis was selected as the 4th overall pick last year, the Knicks’ fans expressed their disappointment, booing the Latvian big man.

The way he was welcomed in New York did not affect how Porzingis performed in the 2015-16 NBA season. In fact, he is now considered the future face of the Knicks’ franchise. In his rookie season, Kristaps Porzingis averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.

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Despite his built, the 21-year-old power forward/center can handle himself against other big men in the LE. His skills and versatility are definitely fitted in the modern NBA. Last offseason, Porzingis tried to improve his upper body, but what he did this summer is the opposite.

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According to Marc Berman of New York Posts, Kristaps Porzingis focused on his lower strength to become better offensively and defensively. Porzingis eyed to improve his ball handling and said that he will be showing new stuff next season.

“My ballhandling is better now,” said Porzingis, the Knicks’ starting power forward. “I just feel comfortable with the ball now. So you’re going to see some new stuff this season. You’re going to see some new stuff and hopefully some more put-back dunks.”

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“Last offseason, we made a little mistake that all I did was work upper body and try to get bigger,” Porzingis said. “This offseason, I really focused on my lower strength, my legs, core, make sure that it’s strong.”

The New York Knicks have made a major improvement this offseason with the addition of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee, and Brandon Jennings in their roster. Surrounding Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony with quality players will give the Knicks a greater chance to contend for the title next season.

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