7’1″ Kristaps Porzingis Is The NBA Draft’s Big Mystery

by Brandon

The biggest mystery of tonight’s NBA Draft is none other than Kristaps Porzingis, a 19-year-old 7-footer from Latvia. While there are many reasons to be on the fence about Kristaps, there are also many reasons why NBA teams are falling in love with his potential. The biggest fear of using a high draft pick on Porzingas is the fact that many NBA teams have gambled and busted on overhyped international players over the past few years. Sixteen international players have been selected in the lottery since 2003 and not a single one has turned into an All-Star. Other question marks pertaining to Porzingas are his weight and mentality. The 7 footer only weighs a mere 220 lbs which could make it difficult for the Latvian to bag in the post with bigs such as DeMarcus Cousins, Deandre Jordan, LaMarcus Aldridge and the rest of the NBA’s elite. While he can definitely put on some weight it will take him a few years to do so which will make it hard for teams looking for an immediate impact player to draft him. Others wonder if Porzingas will be able to shed the ‘soft’ stereotype which follows all international players. Does he possess the toughness and will to survive in a league of grown men? Guess we will have to just wait and see how this youngster pans out but there are also many reasons why GM’s are drooling over this prospect.  To begin with he has phenomenal size standing at 7’1″ and contains an exceptional skill set. He is able to spread the floor with his ability to knock down shots consistently from mid-range all the way to the three point line. So at worst case he can be an instant floor spacer and a lethal weapon in pick and pop situations. Not to mention the fact that he is extremely athletic for his size and possess a 7’6″ wingspan, meaning he can potentially turn into an elite rim protector. But the key word is “potentially” which is why Porzingas is so intriguing, his ceiling is through the roof making you wonder how good can he be? Is he worth the risk? Tune in to the NBA Draft at 7:00 PM to see how it all plays out!

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