Rating All of Kristaps Porzingis’ Putback Dunks

November 27th, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis is not Dirk Nowitzki.

But we shouldn't hold that against Dirk Nowitzki.

Less than 20 games into Porzingis' NBA career, the "Kristaps Kraze" is reaching unreckonable heights. Presumed a years-long project, the 20-year-old rookie is ready to play now. He owns the best net rating of any Knicks starter and has the third-highest player efficiency rating among rookies.

Much of the mounting hype can be traced back to Porzingis' highlight factory. He is a 7'3" viral Vine, his claim to Internet fame owed partially, if not mostly, to a series of putback jams.

In true Kristaps-dictates-everything fashion, we're here to celebrate those savage slams using our trusty ol', NBA 2k-inspired rating system. 

As a refresher, judgment will be passed on Porzingis' stuffs using a five-tier grading system: Difficulty, Clowning the Defender, Importance of the Moment, Jaw-Drop Factor and a play-specific wild card. Scores are weighted on a scale of 0 to 99—perfection doesn't exist—and remain totally subjective.

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