New York Knicks phenom Kristaps Porzingis is looking like one of the best player at EuroBasket 2017. Great Britain had no answer for the 7’3″ power forward.
If there were any question about how good Kristaps Porzingis can be before, there shouldn’t be now. The New York Knicks rising star has been a dominant force at EuroBasket 2017, displaying the abilities that the NBA is growing to be fearful of.
After Latvia suffered a heartbreaking loss in the opening game of EuroBasket, Porzingis has bounced back to lead his native country to two impressive victories.
Latvia recovered from its debuting defeat by destroying Belgium by a count of 92-64. Porzingis stepped up to lead that charge, recording 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field and 11-of-12 shooting from the free throw line.
Tasked with defeating one of the tougher teams in the tournament, Great Britain, Porzingis was even better in a 97-92 victory.
The loss to Serbia was tough to stomach, but Porzingis and Latvia have recovered by securing back-to-back impressive victories.
Porzingis finished the five-point win over Great Britain with 28 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks in just over 26 minutes of action. It was a far more lopsided game than the final score implies, as Latvia led 84-58 entering the fourth quarter.
Porzingis did his damage through three quarters, with Latvia merely preserving its lead during Great Britain’s fruitless fourth quarter scoring run.
It was an unequivocally dominant display that further established how unstoppable Porzingis can be when he realizes that no one can block his shot.
Porzingis is now averaging 24.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks, and 2.0 three-point field goals made in just 27.7 minutes of action per game at EuroBasket. He’s doing so on a ridiculous slash line of .531/.462/.882.
As astonishing as those numbers may be, it’s not without reason to believe that he could soon be posting similar statistics in the NBA.
The New York Knicks should be salivating over the prospect of Kristaps Porzingis returning to the organization for the 2017-18 NBA season.