The summer has been going for so long that it was time for a reminder to all the Dallas Mavericks fans out there that we have Kristaps Porzingis and he is in fact really good at basketball. Here are some of his top highlights.
The Dallas Mavericks made an incredible trade last year when they picked up one of the best shooters in the league, Kristaps Porzingis. KP will walk onto the court when the season starts and immediately be the 2nd best player on the team. Many people, not just Mavs fans, have long awaited his return onto the court.
In three seasons of basketball, Kristaps has put together some pretty memorable performances. Here are what I believe to be Kristaps’ three best performances of his career so far. These are subject to change at some point throughout this year.
3. New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets
This was really the first game that put Kristaps on the NBA map since the boos he received on draft night. There were a lot of reasons to boo the New York Knicks franchise around that time and really over the past several years, and yet the one decision that they actually got right was the one that the fans hated the most.
The Knicks could’ve had Willie Cauley-Stein or Emmanuel Mudiay or even Frank Kaminsky with that pick but instead they picked a 7’3″ shooter from Latvia. Since when have 7-foot European shooters ever succeeded in the NBA? Despite the Knicks supposed leap of faith, Porzingis quickly became a sensation on the court.
This game against the Charlotte Hornets really represented his coming out party and the first game in which KP really showed everything he has in his repertoire. It clearly went well as the Knicks took down the Hornets 102-94 in the middle of November 2015. In this game, Porzingis really got his moment to shine.
He ended the game with 29 points and 11 rebounds on 10-17 shooting from the field and 7-7 from free throw. This was only Porzingis’ 12th game of his career, but it crushed his previous career high of 16 points from his very first game in a Knicks jersey. This career high lasted 364 days before he broke it.