ESPN’s Brian Windhorst on Kristaps Porzingis: “Knicks Fans Should Be Excited” [AUDIO]
Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis is making early believers of many, including ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
"When they first drafted him, I didn’t think that he would be able to play in the NBA for a while because of his slight build," said Windhorst, to "Armen and Levack", on ESPN's Campus in Bristol, Connecticut. "I thought he would get pushed around."
"But that has not been the case at all. I thought he looked good in summer league, he exceeded my expectations there and he’s been awesome so far. The mistakes that he’s making are all 19-year old mistakes.
"He has a nose for the ball, wants to get in there and rebound, he wants to defend. He plays 7-foot-3 but is out there shooting three-pointers. He is definitely a catch and I think that Knicks fans should be excited.
:I really think that Carmelo is excited. I don’t think that’s a line. I think he genuinely believes that this guy can be a really good player. Is he good enough to make a difference? We don’t know yet. But he’s a very exciting player.
"He’s probably the most exciting international prospect to come into the NBA since Giannis Antetokounmpo (2013 NBA draft), where that guy opened eyes with his athleticism a couple of years ago.
"I say this as someone who was skeptical at first, but I really think he has something going for him."