Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis to be the third-best international player in the NBA, according to ESPN

Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis to be the third-best international player in the NBA, according to ESPN

Big things are expected from the New York Knicks and their international unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis. The 21-year-old Latvian is projected to become the third-best international player in the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Bradford Doolittle of ESPN used SCHOENE and real plus-minus in their projections. Porzingis came in third behind Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets.

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It was quite an improvement for the Knicks star, who ranked 13th in last year’s projections. If you want to better understand SCHOENE, click here.

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“For this season, the only subjective concern is whether Porzingis will struggle for touches in a Knicks lineup shared with Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony. But he may be so good that, actually, the other guys will need to hunt for shots,” the report noted.

In his first season in New York, Kristaps Porzingis only missed ten games and averaged 15.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocks per game. He also captivated the world and Knicks fans are assured of the team’s future.

Porzingis also finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He has already put on some muscle this offseason and he recently posted a picture of himself trying to improve his ball handling.

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Some of the international stars that Kristaps Porzingis beat in the projections include Al Horford, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jonas Valanciunas, Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Vucevic and Nicolas Batum. No other Knicks player made it into the Top 20.

On the other hand, Mark Wilson of INSC Magazine projects that The Zinger will be an All-Star next season. The Knicks are expected to make the playoffs and the Latvian star is one of their key players along with Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

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