NBA draft prospect Kristaps Porzingis said in an interview with SI Now Tuesday that he hopes he is selected by the New York Knicks.
Porzingis visited the SI Now studios as part of his first ever trip to New York and said has enjoyed the city thus far.
“For sure, it’s a big spotlight being here, playing here in New York, a lot of pressure,” Porzingis said. “But I would love to play here one day with the Knicks, and hopefully they pick me.”
It’s at least a possibility.
There are league executives who are all-in on Porzingis, and some believe he could be selected with one of the draft’s top three picks. The broader view, however, is that Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D’Angelo Russell are more than likely to be snatched up (in some order) with the first three picks.
The Knicks have the fourth overall selection, and that’s where things get interesting. Justise Winslow, Willie Cauley-Stein and Emmanuel Mudiay are all options for New York here, as is Porzingis — right now, there is no true consensus on which player out of the group will emerge into an NBA star.
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.