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Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
Position: F-C
Born: 08/02/95
Height: 7-3 / 2.21
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $33,833,400
Kristaps Porzingis seemed light and breezy as he sat down for his first media day as a Washington Wizard. Ever affable, he opened by joking with a reporter about his new beard. He sounded relaxed; he looked tan. He had spent most of his summer in his native Latvia with family, training and competing with his national team in two FIBA World Cup qualifiers. Before that, there was a month in Spain. But — and you would be forgiven for not noticing on his 7-foot-3 frame — Porzingis not only seemed lighter, he is lighter. The Wizards’ biggest big man is a teeny bit smaller these days. He lost seven pounds, and he feels the difference. “The extra weight doesn’t really help me,” Porzingis said. “I need to be strong and that’s how I’ll feel the best.”
He landed at No. 86 in ESPN’s series of the top 100 players in the league ahead of the season, and it rankled him. The Wizards are expected to be in the realm of a play-in tournament team again — depending on how Beal and Porzingis mesh. “Especially this year, I’m coming in with a chip on my shoulder because of the ESPN rank, the this, that, it’s kind of — okay,” Porzingis said. “I use it as gasoline, as energy. I’m looking forward to reminding everybody what I can do on both ends of the floor.”