Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis

26-Year-Old ForwardF
Dallas Mavericks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Porzingis' excellent numbers continue to be overshadowed by what feels like constant injury issues. He appeared in just 43 games last season, effectively tanking his overall fantasy value. However, his averages were strong, as the big man ranked 40th on a per-game basis. In 30.9 minutes, Porzingis averaged 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.8 combined blocks-plus-steals. He also posted strong shooting splits of 48/38/86. However, he was a major disappointment in the first round of the playoffs against the Clippers, where Porzingis averaged just 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 combined steals-plus-blocks in 33.3 minutes. Heading into 2021-22, fantasy managers don't need to be concerned about Porzingis' role. He's still the clear No. 2 option on the Mavericks and can still get better at 26 years old. But the question remains: how high should he be drafted given the injury history? Aggressive fantasy managers can reasonably draft him in the fifth or sixth round. Conservative managers can wait much longer but he has enough upside that he shouldn't slip too far. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $122.24 million contract extension with the Mavericks in July of 2019. Contract includes $36.02 million player option for 2023-24.
Personal Bio

Kristaps Porzingis was born in Liepaja, Latvia, to Talis and Ingrida Porzingis. He comes from a family of basketball players. His father played semi-professional hoops and his mother played on Latvia's youth national teams. Porzingis' oldest brother, Janis, played for 14 years in multiple European national domestic leagues, and another older brother, Martins, played basketball in Latvia. Kristaps started to play basketball when he was six years old and later played in youth competition with BK Liepajas Lauvas in his hometown of Liepaja until he was 15 years old. In 2010, the Spanish club Baloncesto Sevilla recruited Porzingis for a tryout, aiming to add foreign talent to its junior squads. Porzingis began playing for Sevilla's youth squad in 2012. In his second year with the team, he posted per-game averages of 16.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. When Porzingis made his NBA debut in 2015, he became the third Latvian-born player in league history. During his second NBA season, he began the KrisStops program, donating $500 for each shot he blocked to RENS, a New York youth basketball program. Porzingis also competed for Team World at NBA Africa Game 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of the Basketball Without Borders Africa program. Learn more about "The Unicorn" by following him on Twitter and on Instagram (@kporzee).

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Prior to coming to the NBA, Porzingis spent four seasons playing for Sevilla, a team that competes in Liga ACB in Spain. He spent the 2011 season with the junior squad and put up a double-double in his first game. The center did not play much in his first season with the first team in his rookie season in 2012-13. He received significant playing time on the second team, however, and he posted 12 points, six rebounds and four blocks in his season debut. After the season, he was named to the ACB All-Young Players Team. He considered declaring himself for the 2014 NBA Draft, but he withdrew his name just before the draft. In his third season with Sevilla, he was named the EuroCup Rising Star, becoming the youngest player to win the award. He was named to the ACB All-Young Players Team for the second year in a row. With another year of experience under his belt, Porzingis declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and was selected by the New York Knicks with the fourth overall pick.

Sitting out preseason finale
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October 14, 2021
Porzingis will sit out Friday's preseason finale against the Bucks, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Porzingis, Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway are all out for rest. In three preseason appearances, Porzingis averaged 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 steals in 19.3 minutes.
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Porzingis played in 43 games in his second season with the Mavericks. The fifth-year forward averaged 30.9 minutes, 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 blocks per game. The 7-foot-3 sharpshooter shot 47.6 percent from the field and 85.5 from the free-throw line -- both career highs. He also averaged 2.3 threes per game and shot 37.6 percent from downtown on the season. The 2015 fourth-overall pick scored 20-plus points 21 times and 30-plus points thrice. On Feb. 12, the 25-year-old scored a season-high 36 points, shooting 13-for-21 from the field and 8-for-13 from three. Porzingis grabbed double-digit rebounds in 18 games, including a season-high 18 against the Pacers on March 26. During the contest, he scored 31 points, dished out three assists and blocked one shot. Defensively, the Latvian recorded multiple steals in five games and multiple blocks 22 times. On Feb. 8, Porzingis recorded 27 points, 13 rebounds and a season-high five blocks during a 127-122 win over the Timberwolves.

2019

In mid-July of 2019, Porzingis signed a contract with the Mavericks. His 2019-20 campaign would mark his first with a new team after playing for the Knicks -- the team that drafted him. He did not participate in the 2018-19 season due to recovery from a torn ACL, so when Porzingis made his team debut Oct. 23, it was his first taste of NBA action since Feb. 6 of 2018. During that debut, Porzingis recorded 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 29 minutes against the Wizards. Two games later, he recorded his first 30-point game of the season, finishing with 32 points, nine rebounds, a career-high five assists and two blocks in 34 minutes against the Trail Blazers. Two days later, the big man posted his first of 25 double-doubles, dropping 10 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Nuggets. Shortly after, on Nov. 3 in a win over the Cavaliers, Porzingis blocked a season-high six shots in addition to posting 18 points, nine rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes. On Dec. 20 in a win over the 76ers, Porzingis recorded a career-high 18 rebounds in 37 minutes, in addition to 22 points, three blocks and one steal. Porzingis swiped a season-high three steals during a 25-point win over the Grizzlies on Mar. 6, also contributing 26 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 29 minutes. Porzingis' career-high seven made threes occurred during the NBA bubble on Aug. 11 against the Trail Blazers. He finished that contest with 36 points, six rebounds and two blocks as well. Arguably Porzingis' best all-around performance of the campaign was Mar. 1 in a 20-point win over the Timberwolves, with the 24-year-old recording 38 points (13-25 FG, 6-14 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 13 rebounds, five blocks, four assists and one steal. Due to a knee injury, Porzingis was only able to appear in three of the team's six playoff games against the Clippers. In those appearances, he averaged 23.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 31.5 minutes.

2018

Porzingis sat out the entire 2018-19 season due to the torn ACL he'd suffered the year before. However, that didn't mean he stayed entirely out of the headlines, as the Knicks traded him to Dallas on Jan. 31 for a package of draft picks and expiring contracts. Following the season, Porzingis signed a five-year agreement with the Mavericks.

2017

Porzingis got off to a huge start to his third NBA season, only to have his year cut short by a torn ACL in February. However, he had plenty of time for highlights before that. The Latvian big man played in 48 games, averaging a career-best 22.7 points per game. Had he qualified, that figure would have ranked 13th in the league. He also set career highs in threes per game (1.9) and blocks per game (2.4, which would have been second in the NBA if he'd qualified). For the second straight year, Porzingis boosted his efficiency from long range, connecting on 39.5 percent of his threes. He contributed plenty of rebounds, too, averaging 6.6 per game. He started the season on fire, scoring 30-plus points in four of the first five games, including a pair of double-doubles; he went on to record five on the season. On Nov. 5, he posted the first 40-point game of his career, going 15-of-24 from the field while adding eight rebounds and six blocks against Indiana. Porzingis was named to his first All-Star team, though he was unable to play due to his injury.

2016

Porzingis built on his incredible rookie season with an even better sophomore year in 2016-17. Although he was limited by injury to 66 games (65 starts), he lifted his scoring average to 18.1, thanks in part to better shooting -- his field-goal percentage improved to 45.0 and his success rate on threes ticked up to 35.7. He also raised his shot-blocking average to an even 2.0, finishing fifth in the NBA in that category, and was again strong on the boards with 7.2 per game. The 21-year-old Latvian racked up 26 games with at least 20 points and cleared 30 on three occasions. His biggest offensive performance came Nov. 16 against Detroit, when he racked up 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting. On Dec. 11, Porzingis tied his career high with seven blocks in a 26-point, 13-rebound double-double against the Lakers. Two days later, he went off for 34 points against Phoenix, including going 4-for-4 from downtown -- one of eight times that he hit four threes in a game. All told, he racked up 12 double-doubles. That included tying his career high with 15 rebounds alongside 24 points against Golden State on Mar. 5. He also won the Skills Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

2015

The Knicks spent the No. 4 overall pick on Porzingis in the 2015 NBA Draft, and he paid immediate dividends. Over the course of 72 games, the Latvian rookie averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, finishing second only to Carmelo Anthony on the team in scoring and rebounding while leading the club in rejections. He racked up 20-plus points on 14 separate occasions, including a season-high 29 twice. Porzingis double-doubled in both of those games -- and 21 times overall on the season He set his high-water mark in rebounding Nov. 11, pulling down 15 boards against the Hornets. Already a master shot blocker, Porzingis recorded multiple blocks 38 times and notched seven on two occasions. All told, he finished eighth in the NBA with 134 total blocks. His well-rounded skill set also included strong 3-point shooting -- he made 1.1 threes per game at a 33.3 percent clip -- and an 83.8 free-throw percentage. In the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend, he racked up 30 points for Team World. Porzingis was named Rookie of the Month three times (October/November, December and January) and finished second only to Karl-Anthony Towns in the Rookie of the Year voting, making the NBA All-Rookie First Team in the process.

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After missing all of the 2018-19 campaign, Porzingis had a successful first season in Dallas alongside Luka Doncic. Before the All-Star break, there were nights where it seemed like Porzingis was still getting acclimated after so much time off, averaging 18.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting. After the break, however, he began to look like an improved version of who we saw last with the Knicks. During the final 15 games of the season (including the bubble), Porzingis averaged 26.0 points on 45.1 percent shooting, plus 10.5 rebounds, 3.0 threes, 2.7 assists, 2.4 blocks and 0.7 steals. Overall, Porzingis ranked 36th in fantasy (eight-category leagues, per game), but he certainly could have ranked higher had the first half of his campaign not been so up-and-down. Unfortunately, Porzingis will be entering 2020-21 coming off another injury, as he tore his meniscus during the Mavericks' first-round playoff series against the Clippers. It's already been determined that Porzingis will miss an undetermined amount of time early in the season, and extra rest days could be in store after that. Even with that being the case, optimistic fantasy managers can certainly make the case to draft Porzingis relatively high based on his post-All-Star performance in 2019-20.
Porzingis didn't play during the 2018-19 campaign as he recovered from a torn ACL suffered in February of 2018. He was in the midst of a career year when he suffered the injury, averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 steals. Reportedly unhappy with the Knicks, Porzingis requested a trade last season, and he was dealt to the Mavericks. He and Luka Doncic look to make up one of the better young cores in the NBA, and all signs are pointing toward Porzingis being ready for the start of the 2019-20 season. In his 186 career appearances, the 24-year-old has racked up 14 performances with at least 30 points, 38 efforts with double-digit rebounds and 16 games with five-plus blocks. For fantasy owners, injury concern with Porzingis is legitimate, but the upside is impossible to ignore for the 7-foot-3 big man.
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.
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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Quality 16 minutes Wednesday
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October 7, 2021
Porzingis posted seven points (2-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 16 minutes during Wednesday's 111-101 preseason win over the Jazz.
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Will work at power forward
FDallas Mavericks
September 27, 2021
Porzingis is expected to play most of his minutes at power forward, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
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Goes for 16 and 11 in Game 7
FDallas Mavericks
June 6, 2021
Porzingis finished Sunday's Game 7 against the Clippers with 16 points (6-12 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds and two steals in 43 minutes.
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Bounces back in loss
FDallas Mavericks
May 31, 2021
Porzingis tallied 18 points (7-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds and one block in 27 minutes during Sunday's 106-81 loss to the Clippers.
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Struggles from field Friday
FDallas Mavericks
May 29, 2021
Porzingis finished with nine points (3-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds and a steal across 34 minutes in Friday's loss to the Clippers.
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