New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis has taken the Big Apple by storm with his play in the early going, and the Latvian youngster put forth his second monster performance of the last week on Saturday night against the Houston Rockets.
After putting up 29 points and 11 rebounds in a win over the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday, Porzingis went for 24 points, 12 rebounds and SEVEN blocks in a stirring 107-102 win in Houston. The victory was New York’s fourth straight and moved them to 8-6 on the year.
On this night, Porzingis showed off his silky-smooth jumper, as most of his buckets came from outside the paint:
The very first Knicks possession, Porzingis received a simple pass at the wing, took two aggressive dribbles to the center of the floor and buried a jumper over Terrence Jones:
Later in the first half, Porzingis went to set a screen at the elbow, only to pop out behind the three-point line for a trey:
To go along with his jumper, Porzingis hit a couple nifty running hooks, and he also went 6-of-6 from the line. Two of those came down the stretch to put the Knicks up one after a huge offensive rebound. This kind of versatility is huge for the Knicks’ offense.
And then there was the defense:
Porzingis is averaging 13.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks on the year. His 19.5 PER is second among rookies who’ve gotten regular minutes, and he has the second-most Win Shares among rookies, according to Basketball-Reference.com. Karl-Anthony Towns is first in both categories, and both of these players will be at the top of the Rookie of the Year race all season long.