Chad Ford: Willy Hernangomez was teammates with Kris Porzingis. Scouts got lots of looks looking at Zinger. Reminds me of Zaza Pachulia.
Darren Wolfson: Looks like Flip can see Hezonja Wed. or later, Bjelica Fri., & Porzingis next Sun. when he heads to Europe. Scouts LOVE Porzingis. #twolves
“He’s an athletic, super-skilled 7-footer who can do everything well,” one GM said. “I was watching him warm up and had flashbacks to when I saw Pau Gasol take the floor for the first time in Spain, only this kid is much more athletic than Gasol but plays with that same fluidity. I’ve been asking my team since then: Are you sure he’s not the No. 1 guy? Are these guys in college really better than him?”
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.
Is he Dirk Nowitzki or Andrea Bargnani? That was the rhetorical question one international scout posed last week. Offensively, Porzingis has showcased Nowitzki-like range and runs the floor well. The more skeptical scouts expressed concern about his rudimentary low post skills. Porzingis has started to fill out his 7’1” frame nicely this season and is another player who would benefit from a strong combine.