27. Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis is oozing with talent. Never have we seen a 7’3″ athlete move so fluidly on the court before. Along with that thought, it’s unlikely the NBA has seen a 7’3″ athlete possess guard skills both in terms of dribbling the basketball, and also shooting from the perimeter. Unfortunately for both Porzingis and the New York Knicks, an ACL injury wiped out a good chunk of his 2017-18 year. There’s a real chance he may miss the entire 2018-19 season as well.
This wouldn’t be a bad thing for the Knicks in the long-term. There’s virtually no reason to think New York will compete for a playoff spot in 2018-2019 (with or without Porzingis). It makes sense for him to get fully healthy — which in turn could allow for the Knicks to tank and potentially grab a high draft choice in next year’s draft. Porzingis is a true building block, and one which should make All-Star teams annually.
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