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."

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"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."

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