NBA Rumors: Kristaps Porzingis to have a better sophomore season than D’Angelo Russell, says analyst Howard Beck

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Kristaps Porzingis and D’Angelo Russell were two of the recognizable players from the 2015 draft class. According to the latest NBA rumors and one sports analyst, Porzingis will have a better sophomore season than Russell.

In one of the preview segments for the upcoming season, Howard Beck of Bleacher Report was asked on who will have a better sophomore season: Porzingis or Russell. He answered that The Zinger will have a better season overall than DLo.

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“I think Porzingis has a stronger sophomore year and here’s why: the burden on him won’t be as high now. They got Derrick Rose there to make plays for him. He’s got Joakim Noah to be a mentor. And he’s got Courtney Lee creating some space,” Beck said.

“I think he’s going to have easier scoring chances and less of a burden. But I think that’s going to make him more of an efficient player. And because of that those reinforcements, they should have a very good season,” he added.

However, Beck noted that D’Angelo Russell might have better statistics than Kristaps Porzingis at the end of the season. He pointed that statistics and impact are different, so Porzingis will have more impact to the Knicks than Russell with the Lakers.

New York is expected to make the playoffs this season while the Lakers are nowhere near on becoming a playoff contender. Nevertheless, both players are expected to do big things for their respective teams this season.

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Besides Kristaps Porzingis and D’Angelo Russell, some of the notable players from the 2016 draft class include reigning Rookie of the Year, Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Jahlil Okafor, Myles Turner and Nikola Jokic.

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