Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis was rumored to be worthy of the number one overall selection in this summer’s NBA Draft, and since then, has been projected to go with one of the top three picks.
While teams evaluating Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay will ultimately be the ones making the decision, should Porzingis fall out of the top four, there appear to be plenty of teams ready and waiting that would be more than happy to scoop him up.
Sources: Kristaps Porzingis will draw significant interest from Orlando Magic (No. 5), Sacramento Kings (No. 6) and Detroit Pistons (No. 8).
When drafting this high on the board, and especially for the teams mentioned, this isn’t necessarily about an incoming prospect’s potential fit.
It’s almost always about getting the best player available, and the skill set Porzingis possesses makes him an intriguing selection really at any position once you get past the top two or three picks.
Porzingis is 7’1″, and averaged 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in international play this past season, while knocking down 37.9 percent of his shots from three-point distance.