Kevin Durant Speaks on Kristaps Porzingis’ Skill Set, Rookie Season with Knicks

January 25th, 2016 by Matt Fitzgerald Leave a reply »

Unlike the fans who booed the New York Knicks' selection of Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 overall in the 2015 NBA draft, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant was immediately sold on the pick.

Durant spoke about Porzingis on Monday ahead of their teams' Tuesday showdown at Madison Square Garden, per the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps:

When they made the pick, I texted [Knicks head coach and former Thunder teammate Derek Fisher] immediately and I said I liked the pick. A lot of people were down on him, but he can play. I've seen it, you've seen it ... he's a skilled guy.

I think we've gotten away from enjoying the skilled players in this league. We've got so many guys that are athletic, and big and strong, but he's a skilled player. He can shoot, he can make the right plays, he can defend, he's a 7-footer that can shoot all the way out to the three-point line. That's rare. And block shots ... that's, like, a unicorn in this league. You've got to respect what he's doing. This being New York City, everything is under a microscope, but he's progressing at a high rate pretty fast, and he's gonna b ...

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