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Kristaps Porzingis, a smooth-shooting power forward from Latvia, has emerged as a serious threat to break into the top three of the June 25 draft in a potential serious shakeup to the long-held perception the top four spots are set, with some executives at the pre-draft combine here saying Porzingis could go second. "He could go two," one general manager said. "He's that good. Nobody says anything bad about him." NBA.com

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The NBA has released its list of participants for this year’s Draft Combine, which will be held in Chicago from May 12-17. While there are plenty of interesting lottery-pick level prospects expected to attend, the guys near the tops of most teams’ draft boards are noticeably absent from the list. Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are the names frequently discussed as the top two overall picks, and neither will attend. Same goes for international prospects like Emanuel Mudiay, Mario Hezonja and Kristaps Porzingis, all of whom project as lottery picks in more than one of the respected mock drafts that exist. NBCSports.com

May 7, 2015 Updates

Be sure about this: If the Pistons wind up drafting one of the two players it's assumed Van Gundy hopped the pond to study – Mario Hezonja of Croatia and Kristaps Porzingis of Latvia – they'll be comfortable every appropriate question that leads to the conclusion he's their best option will have been asked and answered. Bower, whose experience with European players goes back to his early days as a Marist assistant coach when Rik Smits was recruited to play there from Netherlands, says the NBA has learned much about the evaluation process by experience. "The comparisons are much easier to make and the levels of competition are much easier to round off today more so than 10 to 15 years ago," he said. NBA.com

May 5, 2015 Updates

No matter the delineation of opinion, everyone believes Porzingis will be an impact player within a short period. After considering the Draft last season, Porzingis will almost certainly be a top-five pick this year. "Very talented," said an Eastern Conference executive who saw Porzingis abroad recently. "Skilled big. Huge upside." NBA.com

Said a Northwest Division scout: "He's a very talented seven footer. Not very big body size but he's a legit 3-point shooter, knows how to play, can put it on the floor a little bit ... very talented kid. I think he's confident in his game but he's not one who beats his chest and shows everybody. He's played against older guys, so he's a little bit more ready for the physical game than the (college) Americans are." He had better be. Sevilla lists him at just 209 pounds, which doesn't portend well for someone banging in the paint for a living. But Porzingis's biggest supporters believe he'll be able to adapt. "His lower body and torso is fine," a Western Conference executive said. "The easiest thing to develop is his upper body, and that's going to happen quickly. NBA.com

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is looking for a few big men who can shoot. That's why he and general manager Jeff Bowers are in Spain looking at Mario Hezonja (6-foot-8) and Kristaps Porzingis (7-1). Both have the ability to shoot from the outside. The downside is both are immature and lack NBA bodies to survive an 82-game season. But the Pistons are looking for a boost to their 3-point shooting, which ranked 17th in percentage (34.4). Van Gundy said he wanted the team to shoot at least 36 percent. Detroit News

May 2, 2015 Updates

Porzingis was tracking to the lottery in 2014, before opting for another season in Europe. His stock has only continued to climb. The top 10 seems to be a lock and it's not hard to find front offices that say top five is realistic. At 19 years old, he still needs to add bulk, but Porzingis can play in transition, shoot and handle the ball. "Physically, he needs to get stronger," one exec said. "But there's a lot there to like." NBA.com

April 27, 2015 Updates

Kristaps Porzingis: first of all I would like to get drafted at all and I will be happy to play for whoever drafts me. Matt Tengesdal: #askKris would you like to be selected by the MN Timberwolves and be a part of a rising team of stars? Twitter @kporzee

April 26, 2015 Updates

Ryan McDonald: Kristaps Porzingis likes A. Davis "@Kristaps Porzingis: me gustan muchos equipos! de los q estan jugando ahora Anthony Davis! twitter.com/berniperez/sta…" Twitter @ryanwmcdonald

April 24, 2015 Updates
April 23, 2015 Updates

You pulled out of the draft last season when you were considered a Top 15 pick. What was the main reason? Kristaps Porzingis: As soon as I declared for the draft, I knew that I wanted I to stay one more year in Spain to get better. Now looking back I think we made the right decision. I had a bad start of the season – individually and as a team. I could have played much better, but I think I have improved my consistency and I have picked it up since the bad start of the season. This season has been tough, but I want to say thanks to coach (Scott) Roth for the work he did with me in Seville. I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and I wish him the best. HoopsHype

April 19, 2015 Updates
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Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, his agent, Andy Miller, told ESPN.com. Porzingis is averaging 10.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and is shooting 33 percent from 3 in 21 minutes for his team Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB. His numbers have been even better in Eurocup play, averaging 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and shooting 46 percent from 3. Porzingis burst onto the NBA draft scene about this time last year when he declared for the 2014 NBA draft. As NBA teams scrambled to get to Spain to watch him play, they became enamored with his rare combination of size, athleticism, ability to protect the rim and shooting range. ESPN.com

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