Kristaps Porzingis, the second-year New York Knicks forward, is supremely confident that his team will end the three-year playoff drought during the forthcoming season.
The Knicks haven’t reached the postseason since the 2012-13 season when they were ousted by the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Porzingis’ prediction isn’t far-fetched since many analysts believe the Knicks will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming season.
Besides signing former Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee in free agency, the Knicks traded for former MVP Derrick Rose. They also signed former Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings as a back-up to Rose.
Though many questions linger about the recent injury woes of Noah and Rose, the Knicks could emerge as a playoff team if new coach Jeff Hornacek is blessed with a healthy team.
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Kristaps Porzingis: Playoffs are No.1 goal
“Obviously, the No. 1 goal is the playoffs this year. That’s where my head is at. I can’t be thinking nothing past that. Right now it’s the playoffs,” the No.4 pick in last year’s draft said on Saturday during a children’s camp.
Even though Rose, the 2011-12 MVP, believes his team is a ‘Super Team’ like the Golden State Warriors, Porzingis opines that it’s important to play as a unit and let the results do the talking.
“I don’t know what’s a Super Team and what’s not a Super Team but what I think he meant was that we’re able to win every game,” the Latvian said when asked to respond to Rose’s tall claims.
“Not that we’re going to win 82 games, zero (losses). But every team that comes up, we’re able to beat them because we have enough talent. I think that’s what he meant and I like the confidence, I like that he believes that we’re good enough.
“So it’s just, now we’ve got to prove it. It’s enough talking and we’ve got to go out on the court and prove that we’re a good team,” added Porzingis, who finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Karl-Anthony Towns.
Kristaps Porzingis averaged 14.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a rookie.