On the cusp of true dominant superstardom, New York Knicks prized youngster Kristaps Porzingis is, already, almost there.
Zinger, PorzingGod, Godzingis, The Unicorn, or simply KP — whatever the sound uttered from those lips of yours, just know this: it simply doesn’t matter.
Perhaps it’s a tremendous sign there is no one nickname for the kid. Is there another special talent so unique that it can’t claim just one solitary nickname?
This is Kristaps Porzingis. These are the 2016-17 New York Knicks.
Suddenly, everything isn’t all doom and gloom.
KP (yes, “KP” is my choice) exploded for 31 points in Tuesday night’s 107-103 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The Mecca (another great nickname) was in a frenzied state from start to finish merely thinking about what we’re possibly going to see from this talent over the next decade-plus.
He’s already good now, averaging a cool 21 points a game on a solid .502 field goal percentage clip. Stats aside, just knowing a 7-foot-3 guy is taking defenders off the dribble and drilling threes from everywhere on the court deserves incredible attention.
While the “now” looks enticing — a 7-7 record with nice pieces up and down the lineup — the future can hardly be contained.
What will it take for KP to reach that true superstar status in the Association? What needs to happen for the young Latvian to be called a top five NBA talent?
We begin with a little freedom: