New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis is one of the fastest rising stars in the NBA. Happy 23rd Birthday to our All-Star franchise player!
The New York Knicks are a significant step ahead of a vast majority of rebuilding NBA organizations. There are a number of promising up-and-coming teams, but few have actually identified a franchise player.
The Knicks are fortunate to have found an individual who fits that bill: All-Star power forward and genuinely unique two-way player Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis was named to his first career All-Star Game in 2017-18, which served as confirmation of his ascension. It was his first season without Carmelo Anthony‘s protection from No. 1 responsibilities, and he thrived under pressure.
On Thursday, August 2, 2018, Porzingis’ brilliant 2017-18 campaign was put into perspective by three simple words—Happy 23rd Birthday.
At just 23 years of age, Porzingis is already one of the top 25 players in the NBA—and that may be lowballing his status.
Porzingis finished the 2017-18 regular season with averages of 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 offensive boards, 1.2 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 0.8 steals per game. He did so on a slash line of .439/.395/.793, and averaged 0.9 fewer fouls per contest than in 2016-17.
Porzingis was one of just two players who averaged at least 20.0 points and 2.0 blocks per game, with All-NBA First Team honoree Anthony Davis being the other.
A knee injury unfortunately cut Porzingis’ season short, but what he did when healthy and on the court was nothing short of remarkable.
Porzingis will clearly require time to adjust to the role of a No. 1 scoring option, but the early returns have been impressive. He’s an excellent three-point shooter and one of the top five post scorers in the NBA, which is quite a starting point.
Only time will tell what the future holds, but at 23 years of age, Porzingis is already turning heads on both ends of the floor.
Happy 23rd Birthday, Kristaps Porzingis! The New York Knicks are proud to have you as a leader and franchise player.