Kristaps Porzingis is truly something else. He's a 20-year-old rookie from Latvia who hasn't crumbled under the pressure of playing in New York City. Listed at 7-foot-3, Porzingis has nice agility, infinite range and has already proven to be a force in the paint on defense. Oh, and he's also been a legend, of sorts, off the court, too.
It's not that often you find someone like Porzingis who admits to just skipping over the Netflix portion of Netflix and chill, checks out WorldStar almost every day and used to rock cornrows as a kid. He's something of a... unicorn? Unicorn!
This was how Kevin Durant described KP when discussing the rookie sensation with ESPN. "He can shoot, he can make the right plays, he can defend, he's a 7-footer that can shoot all the way out to the 3-point line," he said. "That's rare. And block shots -- that's like a unicorn in this league."
Durant also reminisced on how he reacted to hearing Porzingis' name called on draft day. "When they made the pick, I texted [Knicks head coach Derek Fisher] immediately and said 'I like this kid, he can play.' A lot of people were down on him, but he can play," KD said. "He's a skilled guy and I think we've gotten away from enjoying skilled players in this league. We get so many players that are athletic and big and strong, but he's a skilled player."
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