Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
Injury Knee
Est. Return 9/1/2019
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. Traded to the Mavericks in January of 2019.
Expected back for camp
FDallas Mavericks
June 17, 2019
Coach Rick Carlisle said Friday that he expects Porzingis (knee) to be available for the start of the Mavericks' training camp in the fall, Dwain Price of the Mavericks' official site reports.
Porzingis hasn't played in a competitive game since tearing the ACL in his left knee Feb. 6, 2018 while he was a member of the Knicks. While there was some thought that Porzingis would be ready to make a late-season return in 2018-19, the Mavericks ultimately kept him under wraps after acquiring him from the Knicks on Jan. 31. Porzingis was at least able to go through some light practices toward the end of the season and took part in a Basketball Without Borders camp in Latvia over the weekend, suggesting he's endured no snags in his recovery from knee surgery. The 7-foot-3 big man is slated to become a restricted free agent July 1, but the Mavericks are prepared to match any offer sheet Porzingis might receive when he hits the market.
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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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Being investigated for rape
FDallas Mavericks
March 30, 2019
Porzingis is being investigated in New York for an alleged rape that a woman told police took place last year, ESPN reports. Porzingis has yet to play since tearing the ACL in his left knee in February, 2018.
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Will not play this season
FDallas Mavericks
March 24, 2019
Porzingis (knee) has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season, Tim MacMahon of reports.
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Set to practice with Mavs
FDallas Mavericks
March 13, 2019
Porzingis is expected to practice with the Mavs on Wednesday, Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News reports. "Today I played three-on-three," Porzingis said during a live interview on TNT on Tuesday night. "[Wednesday] is going to be my first five-on-five practice, full-on, without any restrictions at all. And I've been feeling great."
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'Probably' won't play this year
FDallas Mavericks
February 1, 2019
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Friday that Porzingis (knee) "probably will not play" this season, Tim MacMahon of reports.
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Dealt to Dallas
FNew York Knicks
January 31, 2019
The Knicks traded Porzingis (knee) to the Mavericks on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews and DeAndre Jordan along with a likely first-round pick will head to New York, while Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke join Porzingis in Dallas.
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