What hasn’t always been obvious is what the contemporary comparison for Porzingis should be in the NBA. Too often we get into the habit of lumping European players together, or tall, white players together, especially if they can shoot.
No doubt people want to compare Dallas Mavericks great Dirk Nowitzki to the Knicks big man when he entered the league in 2015. Now, we might have a reason to.
According to an Instagram Porzingis posted Thursday, Porzingis and Nowitzki have been practicing together this off-season. No doubt fans in New York will be hoping that some of Nowitzki’s greatness rubs off on their young franchise player.
The Knicks are still a disaster, but if it is any consolation Porzingis has recently said that he wants to play his entire career with New York. That could obviously just be lip service, but let’s hope he has another great season next year and overcomes the odds stacked against him in the Big Apple.