Kristaps Porzingis was supposed to be signed by the Orlando Magic in the 2014 NBA draft, but the Latvian baller made himself available for the 2015 draft instead.
Not only did Kristaps Porzingis feel he wasn’t ready for the big league, but the Magic management saw him as an “unfinished product.” When he tried out for the Los Angeles Lakers he got grilled physically. Then Laker coach Byron Scott deemed him too soft, or weak to make the cut.
The general consensus around the NBA was that Kristaps Porzingis needed to develop more. But the underlying question was, in what direction? If the goal is to make him like most players, then that’s probably going to fail.
In only his sophomore year, Porzingis averages 19.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg., and is a prototype of a position-less player, according to a report by NBA.com, where players are no longer prejudiced due to their physical attributes, but are utilized more based on their abilities, and specializations.
Kristaps Porzingis a unicorn
“We’ve never seen someone like him,” guard Brandon Jennings said. “He doesn’t remind me of anybody else. He’s unique and he’s his own player. We’ve never seen a guy who is 7-foot-3, who can handle the ball and do the things he can do.”
Kristaps Porzingis does things we’re normally accustomed to seeing among guards. As a forward/center, he can defend that rim and swipe shots well too.
“Obviously the sky is the limit for him. He’s got the deep ball. He’s got the in-between game. He is working on his post ups. He is the real deal.” Dirk Nowitzki said, after being compared to the young talent.
Kristaps Porzingis an all-star caliber
His main focus is to help the Knicks win, but he also wants to make it as an all-star. With the number of viral videos he’s made it looks like he’ll get more votes than he expects.
“It’s not the main focus, but of course I want to be there. I put team success first. And the team goal is to make the playoffs. We don’t want to go too far and think we have to make it to the Finals. After the season we had last year, I think the next step is the playoffs. And if your team is winning, you have a bigger possibility of making the All-Star team,” Kristaps Porzingis said in a report by FoxSports.
The Knicks need to utilize him more. The idea is to appreciate what he brings to the table, so they can give him more minutes. More playing time equates to more experience, thus development. Where Kristaps Porzingis wants to go is up and fares across a two-way path.
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