The New York Knicks ended the 2014-2015 season with a disappointing 17 total wins. That landed them the number four draft pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. With players on the board like Justice Winslow, Stanley Johnson, Devin Booker and some other notable players, one would expect the Knicks to land one of these top college players. Instead, Knicks Team President, Phil Jackson selected Kristaps Porzignis. Born in Latvia, standing at seven feet , three inches tall and playing professionally for a team in Spain. As he walked to the stage on draft night he faced a puzzled New York City crowd and their “boos.” Kristaps quickly pleased the crowd from the jump. In his rookie season, Kristaps performed at levels unmatched. He was the first NBA history to score one thousand points, make seventy five 3-pointers, grab over five hundred rebounds and have over one hundred blocks. His great work went noticed by some of the game’s best players. Kevin Durant referred to Kristaps Porzingis as a “basketball unicorn.” Porzingis finished his rookie season second in voting for NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
In his second season, people wonder if it’s the “year of the unicorn.” Kristaps Porzingis has continued to play well all season despite some injuries. He continues to emphasize on getting better as a player and collectively as a team with the New York Knicks. He’s one of the few players in the NBA who have their best friend on the their team. The Knicks this offseason made the moves necessary to bring in Spanish big man Guillermo “Willy” Hernangomez. With this addition, during their play time together, you see Kristaps Porzinigis is completely comfortable. A player he is familiar with will only continue to help him grow which he has consistently shown he’s willing to do. Kristaps Porzingis is currently averaging 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. All of his numbers except rebounds per game have seen increases since last season. He was recently ranked sixth in NBA Top 25 under 25 list and is representing the New York Knicks this weekend at All-Star Weekend.