Kristaps Porzingis is rapidly developing into one of the most influential players in the vast history of European basketball. Not only is he breaking the mold for what’s expected of European big men, but the New York Knicks star is giving back to his local community.
Porzingis will continue to give back during the summer of 2017 when he hosts a youth camp in Latvia—a camp that will feature a second Knicks forward.
Porzingis hosted a youth camp in Liepāja, Latvia during the summer of 2016. He was joined by current and former Knicks teammates Kyle O’Quinn, Kevin Seraphin, and Sasha Vujacic, as well as former assistant coach Josh Longstaff.
In a post to his official Instagram account, Knicks small forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas announced that he’s joining Porzingis in Liepāja.
Phil Jackson and Jeff Hornacek should be ecstatic that two of the most promising young players on the Knicks’ roster will be training together this week.
Porzingis has established himself as the future face of the franchise. He’s a two-way player who finished his second NBA season with averages of 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.7 offensive rebounds, 1.5 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 1.7 3-point field goals made per game.
Porzingis continues to make strides from a fundamental perspective, and working out with a fellow versatile forward should only help him grow.
As for Kuzminskas, he was a pleasant surprise when he received the opportunity to play.
Kuzminskas finished the 2016-17 season with averages of 15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steal, and 1.9 3-point field goals made per 36 minutes. He spent a majority of his minutes at small forward, but showed some ability to contribute as a stretch 4.
For what it’s worth, Kuzminskas had the best net rating of any player on the Knicks at -1.2—a number that fell to -5.0 when he came off the court.
Here’s hoping Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Kristaps Porzingis can push one another to the next level and thus expedite the revitalization of the New York Knicks.