Monday, April 10, 2017

Kristaps Porzingis: An NBA Unicorn

“He can shoot, he can make the right plays, he can defend, and he’s a seven-footer that can shoot all the way out to the three-point line. That’s rare. And block shots – that’s like a unicorn in this league.” This was how former MVP and current Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant described Kristaps Porzingis in January 2016.

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From then on, Porzingis was described as such by various media personalities and writers who appreciated what the Latvian big man brings to the table.

Ever since Dirk Nowitzki, the consensus greatest European to ever play in the NBA, has wowed the basketball community with his uncanny ability to shoot the ball from anywhere in the half-court since 1999, teams were always on the lookout for the “next Dirk Nowitzki.” Various teams drafted plenty prospects, but most of them ultimately failed to live up to the hype.

The New York Knicks drafted Porzingis in 2015, and once the season started, it was apparent that he was just as good as Nowitzki in shooting the ball. But pundits say that the seven-foot-two Porzingis has higher upside because, in addition to his shooting prowess, he can also dribble the ball like a guard and plays much better defensively.

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The Knicks were able to snatch a unicorn; we hope that the team will be able to keep him long-term.
Bennett J. Kireker here, a resident of Pismo Beach, CA. But I am an avid supporter of the sports teams of New York. For more updates on my fave NY teams, subscribe to my blog.