Now that the NBA Draft is done and the teams have chosen their picks, everybody is eager to see what those overall draft picks have got this upcoming NBA season.
As for New York Knicks, they’ve got the young Latvian power forward to complete their new roster. Previously, Kristaps Porzingis received negative feedback coming from the Knicks fans, but in his Las Vegas Summer League debut, the No.4 pick in the NBA draft was given lots of cheers for his nice play.
Although the Latvian national still needs to work on his conditioning, he’s already showed flashes of his potential in the Knicks’ 78-73 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Summer League. Actually, he’s one of those Knicks players who showcased a handful of promising performances.
Porzingis scored 12 points, made 2 blocks, and grabbed three rebounds for the Knicks. Well, this only showed that Porzingis played quite well in his first games in a Knicks uniform.
The 7’3″ Latvian big man logged just 18 minutes, but that was a strategic move by coach Derek Fisher rather than a reflection of his quality of play. With Porzingis battling a minor hip injury, and the Knicks set to play on Monday and Tuesday, Fisher entered Saturday’s action planning to limit the rookie’s playing time.
Overall, Prozingis was proud of his debut. In fact, he even tweeted out an infographic of his performance following their win over the Spurs.
Meanwhile, the 24-year-old power forward Cleanthony Early led the Knicks with his 18 points on 10 field goal attempts. Aside from Early and Porzingis, Langston Galloway (seven points, five rebounds) and Travis Wear (team-high 10 rebounds) also contributed to their first victory against San Antonio.
Indeed, the 19-year-old Porzingis still has lots of chances to prove his skills in the hardcourt, but based on his Summer League debut, he has the potential of being a solid rookie for the Knicks.
Well, the young draft pick just needs to recover from his injury. Besides, he should also ignore those criticisms coming from the fans and the rumors concerning Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony’s frustration with the selection. He has to prove his detractors wrong. After all, he has the qualities to be the next best rookie in the NBA league.