25 Facts About Kristaps Porzingis

1. Kristaps Porzingis made the switch to Adidas after partnering with Nike for his rookie season.

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2. In October 2016, Kristaps Porzingis signed a shoe deal with Adidas, the most lucrative deal for a European player.

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3. Kristaps Porzingis is an avid fan of and regularly plays Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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4. Kristaps Porzingis is thus fluent in three different languages, including English.

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5. Kristaps Porzingis was born to parents who had experience playing the game of basketball.

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6. In 2015, Kristaps Porzingis was named the Latvian Rising Star of the Year.

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7. Kristaps Porzingis was ruled out for the rest of the season, and as a result the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, and is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 months after surgery.

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8. Kristaps Porzingis became the first rookie to reach those totals since Tim Duncan in 1998.

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9. On 30 July 2015, Kristaps Porzingis signed his rookie-scale contract with the Knicks.

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10. Kristaps Porzingis became the highest drafted Latvian and Baltic player in NBA history.

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11. Kristaps Porzingis was booed by some New York fans upon being drafted, but vowed to change the fans' opinions on him from negative to positive.

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12. On 25 June 2015, Kristaps Porzingis was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.

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13. Kristaps Porzingis comes to the NBA with the full understanding that popular basketball culture declares him guilty until proven innocent of the basketball crimes of Darko Milicic and Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Andrea Bargnani.

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14. On 16 April 2015, Kristaps Porzingis entered the 2015 NBA draft, according to a report from agent Andy Miller.

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15. On 28 April 2014, Kristaps Porzingis declared himself eligible for the 2014 NBA draft.

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16. On 15 April 2015, Kristaps Porzingis was named the winner of the EuroCup Rising Star Award of the season.

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17. Kristaps Porzingis tied this record on 18 April 2015, vs Basquet Manresa in the ACB.

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18. Kristaps Porzingis said, "It was a very good game for me on offense.

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19. Kristaps Porzingis broke his scoring record once more against Real Madrid on 30 November 2013, nearly leading his team to a victory.

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20. Kristaps Porzingis said, "I was very nervous at the beginning: I wanted to do well and not pick up turnovers.

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21. Kristaps Porzingis scored his first basket for the senior team on 20 February 2013, in a rematch with Spartak.

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22. On 29 September 2012, Kristaps Porzingis got the opportunity to make an appearance with the club's first team, but was allowed to play just a minute.

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23. Kristaps Porzingis represented the Sevilla junior team again at the same tournament in early 2013.

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24. Kristaps Porzingis said, "I knew it was a prestigious tournament and that I had to do well", he said.

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25. Kristaps Porzingis played in youth competition with BK Liepajas Lauvas, the most famous club based in hometown of Liepaja, until he was 15 years old.

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