HoopsHype Kristaps Porzingis rumors

December 9, 2014 Updates

Scouts from a dozen NBA teams attended Sunday's game between Spain Cajasol Sevilla and Barcelona. Most of their attention was directed at Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot-1 center whom some scouts think could challenge to be the top pick in the 2015 NBA draft. "Porzingis, or, as I call him, 'Zinger,' is a cross between Andrea Bargnani, Pau Gasol and Ersan Ilyasova," Sevilla coach Scott Roth wrote in an e-mail to Yahoo Sports. "He is 7-1 and still growing at 19 years old. He has the total package, and, really, this is his first year of really playing, getting quality minutes and being depended on game by game. "The only thing you can say negative about him is his body is not ready and is a work in progress, which will only get better over the years. When he is 22, 23 years old he will be very good and maybe great." Yahoo! Sports

"I haven't seen a European player with the skill combination he possesses," Sevilla swingman and former NBA player Derrick Byars said of Porzingis. "Kristaps has a [Dirk] Nowitzki-like offensive skill set. He's 7-1, can shoot, can put the ball on the floor, can block shots, he's mobile and athletic. There's not much he can't do on the floor." Porzingis was projected by some NBA scouts to be a late first-round pick in the 2014 draft before he withdrew his name. The Latvian was averaging 11 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 21.1 minutes through eight games of Eurocup play this season while shooting 56.3 percent from 3-point range. Yahoo! Sports

1. Kristaps Porzingis, PF, 7-1, 220 pounds, Spain Cajasol Sevilla, 19: "He is a top-three prospect. He's a Dirk Nowitzki-type but more athletic. He runs the floor, plays above the rim and is a face-up guy. He has a shot at being the No. 1 pick and is definitely in the top three." 2. Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, 6-5, 190 pounds, China Guangdong, 18: "He is a new generation point guard with size, athleticism and speed. … He's not a score-first guard." 3. Mario Hezonja, SG, 6-8, 200 pounds, Spain Barcelona, 19: "A swingman with really good size and strength already at a young age. Good shooter who attacks the rim. Smaller Danilo Gallinari-type who will be a better NBA player than overseas player." Yahoo! Sports

December 7, 2014 Updates
November 13, 2014 Updates

Latvia's Kristaps Porzingis. A number of international scouts I know swear he's the best prospect in the draft. Let's see what he does in Spain this year. He's averaging 8 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 21 mpg in ACB play this year. Those aren't huge numbers, but given the quality of the league and his age, it's not shabby either. ESPN.com

November 9, 2014 Updates

In August, former NBA player Scott Roth agreed to take a detour from the volatile world of assistant coaching in the NBA to serve as the head coach of Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB. It sounded like a truly special opportunity, since only a select few Yanks had previously coached in Spain's top league, most notably ESPN's own George Karl. So Roth, who had multiple playing stints in Spain in the early 1990s after his brief NBA career with Utah, San Antonio and Minnesota, decided he couldn't refuse the opportunity to take charge of his own team at such a high level. Especially because serving as Sevilla's coach would also mean overseeing the development of Latvian 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis, who is widely projected to be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft with a skill set scouts say takes the best from both Ersan Ilyasova and Andrea Bargnani. On my ESPN.com colleague Chad Ford's latest Big Board, Porzingis is the No. 4-rated prospect. ESPN.com

June 17, 2014 Updates

The league announced today that 17 international prospects and one collegiate prospect are no longer taking part in the 2014 NBA Draft. There are now 44 collegiate and 13 international prospects that remain as early entry candidates. Players had until yesterday, June 16, before 5 pm ET to withdraw as early entry candidates. Below is the complete list of players who’ve taken their names out of consideration. Mychal Emmons - South Alabama; Eleftherios Bochoridis - Aris (Greece); Matías Bortolin - Regatas Corrientes (Argentina); Nedim Buza - Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia); Berkay Candan - TED Kolejliler (Turkey); Joonas Cavén - Joventut (Spain); Moussa Diagne - Fuenlabrada (Spain); Tomas Dimša - Zalgiris (Lithuania); Marcus Eriksson - Manresa (Spain); Ilja Gromovs - Ventspils (Latvia); Rasmus Larsen - Manresa (Spain); Mateusz Ponitka - Oostende (Belgium); Kristaps Porzingis - Cajasol (Spain); Marko Ramljak - Zadar (Croatia); Alejandro Suarez - Joventut (Spain); Devon Van Oostrum - Vitoria (Spain); Guillem Vives - Joventut (Spain); Adin Vrabac - Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) Cowbell Kingdom

June 16, 2014 Updates
June 15, 2014 Updates

In somewhat of a surprise, 7-foot Kristaps Porzingis has pulled out of this month's NBA draft and will return to Europe for the next year, his agent Andy Miller told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night. Porzingis, 18, had a chance to be a top-20 pick in the draft, but believes he can move even higher in the 2015 draft. He's a versatile and offensively gifted forward. International players have until Monday to withdraw from the draft. Yahoo! Sports

June 14, 2014 Updates
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June 5, 2014 Updates

A few weeks ago it seemed unlikely that Porzingis would keep his name in the draft. The 18-year-old Latvian was projected as a potential top-10 pick next year. But sources now say Porzingis has received a promise from the Thunder to draft him in the first round. There's no way he'll be around at 29, so the Thunder's pick at No. 21 is the target. The question is whether that will be high enough to get him. Porzingis going in the late lottery to mid-first round is no longer a pipe dream for this skilled 7-footer with tremendous upside. ESPN.com

June 4, 2014 Updates

A few weeks ago it seemed unlikely that Porzingis would keep his name in the draft. The 18-year-old Latvian was projected as a potential top-10 pick next year. But sources now say Porzingis has received a promise from the Thunder to draft him in the first round. There's no way he'll be around at 29, so the Thunder's pick at No. 21 is the target. The question is whether that will be high enough to get him. Porzingis going in the late lottery to mid-first round is no longer a pipe dream for this skilled 7-footer with tremendous upside. With so many teams carrying multiple first-round picks, his range starts with the Magic at No. 12. Plus, the Suns at No. 14, the Bulls at Nos. 16 or 19, and now likely ends with the Thunder at 21. ESPN.com

April 28, 2014 Updates

Latvian prospect Kristaps Porzingis, who plays for Cajasol Sevilla in the Spanish ACB, will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony. Porzingis was projected to be a top-15 pick in the 2015 draft, and could be selected in the first round this year. SB Nation

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