The New York Knicks couldn’t be farther from competing for a championship. But their hopes received a shot in the arm last season with the emergence of rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis.
The Latvian “unicorn” put the basketball world on notice with a stellar season, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting behind No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns.
Let’s be honest. The Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only teams competing for the next few championships. But it’s not far-fetched to assume that Porzingis would be a superstar in the league few years down the road.
Kristaps Porzingis to help end title drought?
If the Knicks manage to surround “superstar” Porzingis with solid talent, the Latvian could very well be the man who propels New York to its first championship since 1973. “My number one goal is to win the championship one day,” Porzingis told Euro Hoops in an interview over the weekend.
Porzingis realizes that it would take years to build a championship-calibre team. “The championship. That’s all we have in our heads, but we have to go step by step. We are not going to win a championship in one day. We have to start building, we have to first make it to the playoffs. That’s the number one goal right now. Get to the playoffs and then go day-by-day, game by game.”
Gamble pays off…
Last season, many NY fans were unhappy with the decision to draft Porzingis, who grew up as a fan of the franchise. Luckily for Knicks fans, the gamble paid off. “I really wanted to play for New York, that was my dream. And to hear my name in the draft ceremony, picked by the New York Knicks… I mean this was a dream come true for me. I would never imagine it before, when I was 10 years old, dreaming about the NBA, that I would actually be there, playing for the team that I really loved,” said the 7-3 forward who has been in Athens for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s streetball showcase.
The Knicks finished with a 32-50 record last season, a significant improvement from a 16-win season the year before. Expect Kristaps Porzingis to make significant strides next year.