Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
23-Year-Old ForwardF
New York Knicks
Injury Knee
Est. Return 3/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Porzingis had an impressive start to the 2017-18 campaign, showing improvements both offensively and defensively. Over the first 48 games, he upped his scoring to 22.7 points, marking an increase from 18.1 points a year prior. He also chipped in with 6.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 2.4 blocks. However, his season was then cut short after suffering a torn left ACL in February, resulting in a second straight season being significantly impacted by injuries. Considering the varying timetables for a return for that serious of an injury, Porzingis' availability for the upcoming campaign is uncertain. Some reports suggest the big man could be back by the end of December, while others have indicated there's a chance he's not back until February. The Knicks are also unlikely to be in the playoff race, so the team could be especially cautious with his recovery and bring him along slowly. For that reason, Porzingis carries a ton of risk and is more of mid-to-late round flier for those willing to bet on his health improving sooner rather than later. If he does get on the court, Porzingis carries elite point and block numbers, while he's also a reliable source of rebounds Adding on to that, he's got strong percentages and a respectable three-point game, knocking down 1.9 three-pointers at a 39.5 percent clip last year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $8.45 million contract with the Knicks in July of 2015. Knicks exercised $4.5 million team option for 2017-18 in October of 2016. Knicks exercised $5.7 million team option for 2018-19 in August of 2017.
To be re-evaluated in mid-February
FNew York Knicks
December 21, 2018
Porzingis (knee) has progressed to 1-on-0 non-contact drills with coaches and will be re-evaluated in mid-February, Ian Begley of reports.
Porzingis has been shooting threes and dunking in workouts, though it seems he's at least two months away from a possible return. All signs in his recovery have been positive. More information should arrive as he continues hitting various milestones in his rehab.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Porzingis showed plenty improvement in his sophomore campaign, While a back and thigh injury ultimately kept him to 66 games played, he still took on even more minutes as one of the up-and-coming youngsters on New York's roster. He appeared to become more comfortable as a shooter, shooting 45 percent from the field on his way to 18.1 points per game. He also demonstrated a more well-refined three-point stroke, hitting 1.7 three-pointers per game at a respectable 35.7 clip from the field. That allowed the 7-foot-3 Latvian big man to stretch the floor, though his athleticism still allowed him to get to the basket when needed. Porzingis also chipped in 7.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while operating as one of the better young rim protectors with 2.0 blocks per game, good enough for fifth in the NBA. Porzingis enters the 2017-18 season with some question marks over his future with the organization. His name was brought up in multiple trade rumors, though the organization ultimately shut those down and expect Porzingis to be one of their building blocks of the future. Carmelo Anthony, on the other hand, is expected to be traded and that leaves Porzingis as the top returning scorer, putting even more pressure on the 22-year-old as he heads into his third season. Without Anthony demanding the ball at a high rate and stopping the flow of the offense, Porzingis should benefit with better numbers across the board, especially as a scorer. If he takes the leap that many expect, the potential uptick in Porzingis' usage could result in yet another breakout season for one of the higher upside players on the roster.
Though some Knicks fans jeered Porzingis’ selection with the fourth overall pick in last June’s NBA Draft, it wouldn’t take long for the Latvian big man to take the Big Apple by storm. At 7-foot-3 with a massive wingspan and surprising mobility, Porzingis physical attributes alone allowed him to easily outclass his weak competition for the starting power forward role coming out of training camp, with former coach Derek Fisher carving out a 20-minute role for him to start the season. Thanks to his impressive size and athleticism and ability to stretch the floor, Porzingis quickly proved deserving of even more playing time while establishing himself as a potential franchise player for the Knicks. A shoulder injury robbed him of a few games to end the season, but Porzingis was still able to finish second in the Rookie of the Year balloting behind the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, ending the campaign with averages of 14.3 points, 7.3 boards, 1.9 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.1 three-pointers in 28.4 minutes per game. At 21 years old, Porzingis has barely scratched the surface of his full potential and should be able to further refine his offensive game in 2016-17 while playing alongside one of the league’s premier defensive centers in Joakim Noah, who signed with the Knicks in free agency. On a less fortunate note, the addition of a shoot-first point guard in Derrick Rose may not enable Porzingis to notice a big jump in his shot attempts while Rose and Carmelo Anthony dominate most of the Knicks’ possessions, but Porzingis nonetheless stands to make more strides with his efficiency after shooting 42.1 percent from the floor as a rookie. Once he reaches his peak, Porzingis could consistently average 20 points and 10 rebounds with strong contributions in the blocks and three-pointers categories, making him an especially enticing asset in dynasty leagues.
Drafted fourth overall this summer, Porzingis enters his first NBA season with high hopes from Knicks fans, even if his game is somewhat unfamiliar to most. A 20-year-old Latvian, Porzingis played last season for Sevilla (Spain) and averaged 10.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 22 minutes per game across 34 league appearances. Additionally, he impressively shot 46 percent while averaging 1.1 three-pointers in 16 Eurocup games. For a player standing 7-3, Porzingis' shooting range and touch is rather unique, and his mobility allows him to be a factor by blocking shots. To that point, Porzingis averaged 1.8 blocks in 21 minutes per game during the Las Vegas Summer League. Nonetheless, Porzingis' noticeably slight frame figures to limit his effectiveness initially, as chiseled frontcourt players could overwhelm him defensively and on the boards. Knowing that, Porzingis is targeting to weigh around 240 pounds before training camp, when the Knicks' lack of depth at power forward creates an interesting opportunity for the rookie. While president Phil Jackson has projected Porzingis' playing time to gradually extend from 20 minutes per game, the youngster's rare combination of size, skills, and athleticism could make him an enticing late-round sleeper selection or dynasty league commodity.
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Progresses to sprinting
FNew York Knicks
November 9, 2018
Porzingis posted two pictures Thursday on his personal Instagram account that featured him sprinting on an outdoor track, Ian Begley of reports.
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Progressing in recovery, still without timetable
FNew York Knicks
September 24, 2018
Porzingis (knee) has started to participate in light running and shooting, but remains without a concrete timetable for a return, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
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Meeting with team doctors this week
FNew York Knicks
September 18, 2018
Porzingis (knee) will meet with team doctors this week, Steve Popper of Newsday reports. General manager Steve Mills stated, "We'll have some medical evaluations of [Porzingis] this week and we'll start to develop what the right plan is for him to come back. We're not going to do anything that jeopardizes the future of this franchise and we're going to be consistent and stay true to that."
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Varying timetables given for return
FNew York Knicks
April 19, 2018
Knicks owner James Dolan said that Porzingis (knee) could miss the entire 2018-19 season, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports. "I've been told everything from December to him being out for the season, so I don't know what to expect on that," Dolan said.
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No elbow procedure needed
FNew York Knicks
April 16, 2018
Porzingis said Saturday that he won't require offseason surgery to address the swelling and soreness on his elbow that bothered him for significant portions of the 2017-18 campaign, Ian Begley of reports.
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