Kobe Bryant has discovered few silver linings among the rookies in the NBA at the verge of his retirement. He hailed D’Angelo Russell as a star in the making. Now Bryant revealed that Kristaps Porzingis was a “brilliant” pick for the New York Knicks.
The Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks are out of the reckoning for the playoffs this season. The two teams desperately wanted to get things right in the NBA 2015 draft. The Lakers picked D’Angelo Russell ahead of Jahlil Okafor and the Knicks bet on Kristaps Porzingis.
The Knicks gamble with Porzingis paid off as Porzingis has displayed glimpses of a potential star in his rookie season. Porzingis game has impressed Kobe Bryant as well. Bryant told in Mason and Ireland on ESPN710 that picking Porzingis was a brilliant move by Phil Jackson, as reports Serena Winter of the Lakers Nation.
Porzingis has posted averages of 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game in 72 regular season games for the New York Knicks this season. The 7’3″ Porzingis has proved his efficiency as a shooter from the floor. He shot 42.1 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 83.8 from the free-throw line this season.
Despite the 20-year-old rookie forward’s remarkable success, the New York Knicks continued to struggle in this edition of the league. Already eliminated from the Eastern Conference, The Knicks are eyeing steady their ship for the next season.
Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to finish ahead of Latvian Porzingis for the award of NBA rookie of the season. D’Angelo Russell is also expected to get some votes as the best rookie in the league, But both Russell & Porzingis will have to settle for the NBA-All rookie First team honors.
Kobe Bryant was asked about Phil Jackson (on @ESPNLosAngeles) first says:
"First of all, (Kristaps) Porzingis pick was a brilliant pick."
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) April 6, 2016