25 Facts About Kristaps Porzingis

1. Kristaps Porzingis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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2. In Dallas, Kristaps Porzingis was plagued by injuries during his tenure, and he was traded to the Washington Wizards in 2022.

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

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

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6. 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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7. Kristaps Porzingis opened his second season on Sevilla's main squad strong in his third game against the EuroLeague team Laboral Kutxa, leading them to a 20-point ACB victory on 2 November 2013.

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8. 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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9. On 4 October 2014, against CB 1939 Canarias, Kristaps Porzingis made his season debut in the Liga ACB, scoring 3 points in the game.

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

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

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

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13. Kristaps Porzingis drew interest from teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers, who had the No 2 pick and had several personnel that had seen Porzingis play in Spain.

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14. 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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15. Kristaps Porzingis's considered a stiff, a bust, a blown lottery pick until he doesn't become one.

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16. 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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17. 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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18. On 30 July 2015, Kristaps Porzingis signed his rookie-scale contract with the Knicks.

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19. Kristaps Porzingis finished second in the NBA Rookie of the Year Award voting behind winner Karl-Anthony Towns, and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.

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20. On 31 January 2019, after a meeting with the Knicks left franchise officials with the impression that he wanted to be traded, Kristaps Porzingis was traded alongside Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr.

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21. On 2 March 2020, Kristaps Porzingis was named the Western Conference player of the week, his second time to earn player of the week honors.

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22. The 2021 offseason was the first offseason that Kristaps Porzingis was not recovering from injury since entering the league in 2015.

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23. Kristaps Porzingis made his return to action 6 November 2021, against the Boston Celtics.

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24. Against Slovenia, Kristaps Porzingis scored a tournament-high 34 points despite playing in foul trouble throughout the game.

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

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