Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis

27-Year-Old ForwardF
Washington Wizards
2022 Fantasy Outlook
With the ups and downs Porzingis has encountered thus far in his career, it can be easy to overlook the depth of his talent and the uniqueness of his skill set. The 7-foot-3 center was one of four players to average at least 1.5 three-pointers and 1.5 blocked shots per game last season, and he's hit both of those marks in four of his six NBA campaigns. Porzingis also averaged 20.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists while shooting 45.9 percent from the field and a career-best 86.7 percent from the charity stripe. It's not like these numbers were unexpected- they align with his career output thus far. Unfortunately, Porzingis' statistical consistency is mirrored by a consistent inability to remain on the court. He played in only 51 games last season, marking the sixth consecutive campaign (including 2018-19, which he sat out completely) during which he has missed a significant chunk of the schedule. If not for the injury concerns, Porzingis would likely be an easy second-to-third-round fantasy draft pick, but it'll take courage to select him there for the coming season given his history of getting hurt. If there's reason to gamble, it's in remembering that Porzingis looked good after joining Washington via trade last season, posting per-game averages of 22.1 points, 8.8 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.7 triples and 1.5 blocks. We haven't seen Porzingis play with Bradley Beal yet, but the trio of those two and forward Kyle Kuzma theoretically complement one another. Porzingis should put up big numbers again when healthy next season, but the caveat of "when healthy" is plenty of reason to pause on draft day. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $122.24 million contract extension with the Mavericks in July of 2019. Traded to the Wizards in February of 2022. Contract includes $36.02 million player option for 2023-24.
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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). 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.

Explodes for 38 points in loss
FWashington Wizards
February 5, 2023
Porzingis accumulated 38 points (11-20 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 12-13 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two blocks across 33 minutes before fouling out of Saturday's 125-123 loss to the Nets.
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The Wizards got off to a dominant start and led by 20 points before crumbling in the second half. Despite the meltdown, Porzingis notched an excellent fantasy line in a game in which Bradley Beal (foot) sat out and Kyle Kuzma (ankle) departed early in the first half. In his three games since returning from a three-game absence due to an ankle injury of his own, Porzingis has been as good as ever with averages of 29.0 points, 7.3 boards, 4.3 assists, 2.7 blocks, 2.7 three-pointers and 1.0 steals in 32.7 minutes.
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Might not miss much time
FWashington Wizards
January 24, 2023
Porzingis' ankle injury could sideline him for less than two weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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The 27-year-old suffered a left ankle sprain Saturday against the Magic, but the injury doesn't appear to be a serious one given the Wizards' optimism regarding his return timeline. Porzingis is having an impressive season, averaging over 22 points a game for the first time since 2017-18, but in his absence some combination of Daniel Gafford, Taj Gibson and Deni Avdija should absorb minutes.
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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.
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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Solid all-around performance
FWashington Wizards
February 4, 2023
Porzingis closed Friday's 124-116 loss to the Trail Blazers with 32 points (9-15 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 11-12 FT), eight rebounds, four assists and one block over 35 minutes.
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Wednesday's game postponed
FWashington Wizards
February 1, 2023
Porzingis and the Wizards will not play Wednesday against the Pistons, as the game has been postponed due to weather-related flight issues, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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Stellar performance in return
FWashington Wizards
January 30, 2023
Porzingis (ankle) recorded 17 points (7-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and three steals in 30 minutes during Monday's 127-106 win over the Spurs.
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Will play Monday
FWashington Wizards
January 29, 2023
Porzingis (ankle) isn't listed on the Wizards' injury report ahead of Monday's matchup against the Spurs.
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Out Saturday
FWashington Wizards
Ankle
January 28, 2023
Porzingis (ankle) is out Saturday against the Pelicans, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
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