Porzingis the Right Pick for New York


Calm down, everybody.

Okay, Kristaps Porzingis, a mouthful of a name, may not have been on the top of your draft board. What Phil Jackson did may not have been taken from the book of predictable-draft-picks, but you know what? That may not be a bad thing.

First of all, I’m positively sure that Phil Jackson knows more basketball than you do. But you hate when we bloggers use that card on you. So please, don’t listen to that.

The logic of drafting the Latvian is simple. This fluid, mobile 7-footer can move well on the perimeter defensively, has potential to protect the rim, and shoots the ball on offense. He knocked down 37 percent of his 3s, and that profiles well to a league where spacing the floor is as critical as anything offensively. He’s not perfect. He needs to put on a lot of weight, and that could end up derailing his all-star potential. But he could be a major steal in the middle of the top-10.

Many fans don’t agree, however, how I see Porzingis is as a Dirk

“A lot of fans weren’t happy they drafted me,” Porzingis said of the reaction. “I have to do everything that’s in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans. There’s nothing I can do. I was happy about it. I want to be part of this organization. Fans are a little bit harsh sometimes, but that’s how it is in New York and I’m ready for it.”

The fact is that he’s a big risk. It’s a home run swing for an untested foreigner. However, I see him as a Dirk-esque player with a ton of potential and all the tools that could either mold him into the best pick in the draft, or a career D League player.

The Knicks have — according to ESPN — a need at every position. With the topsy-turvy of the draft, why not go big with a high-ceiling foreigner?


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