Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Kristaps Porzingis (SPN) reacts after being selected as the number four overall pick to the Miami Heat in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
It’s hard to blame the loyal Knicks’ fans for booing given the past seasons they’ve endured and the poor draft selections for several years. Personally I think selecting Kristaps Porzingis was a great choice with huge upside. He could potentially become the most talented player from his class when we look back. Is it a chance? Sure, but he’s not your typical European player; he has an edge, a motor and a great work ethic and is determined to prove the “soft Euro” tag untrue when it comes to him.
Of note, recently on a pre draft NBA TV show one of the reporters told of how delighted Porzingis was to learn he would get a key and be able to work out whenever he wanted because he recognizes continued practice makes perfect. It’s reported he put up so many shots his arm started to go numb. Does that sound like someone who won’t do everything in their power to make a mark?
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 23, 2015
Again, given how different Andrea Bargnani is to this mindset you can’t blame the New York fans for being worried Porzingis will be a bust. I just hope they allow him time to grow into the talent he is meant to be.
Jackson was another who took advantage of the 16th/17th odd picks by working in concert with the Hawks to add the point guard the Knicks desperately needed. With the talent on the board at the time of the Wizard’s pick Jerian Grant feels like the right fit to run the Triangle.
Overall, I believe Jackson made great moves and in his position I would have taken Porzingis as well. He lost Tim Hardaway Jr. who never seemed to mesh on a consistent basis in New York and they gain another family legacy player in return. Let’s see how these 2 fit in and whether Phil continues to push the Triangle through Derek Fisher.
The only oddity of the Porzingis pick is the fact Jackson has made so many negative statements about three-point shooting and Porzingis should excel from beyond the arc or at least initially that’s where he would excel until he can add some bulk and paint moves.
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