This season has been famous for the exposure of the unicorn. Knicks‘ Kristaps Porzingis had high praise for a fellow basketball anomaly.
The Knicks are reeling after a loss Monday night to the Orlando Magic. Without Kristaps Porzingis (sore Achilles) for the second straight game, one of the league’s worst offensive teams bludgeoned the Knicks, 115-103.
The good news was that Porzingis would be playing Wednesday. I mean he had to be. How could he possibly miss three games in a row? Particularly with a fellow unicorn, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo rolling into town.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like Porzingis will be available when Antetokounmpo visits New York Wednesday night in the first leg of a home-and-home set with the Knicks.
But that didn’t stop Porzingis from doling out some well-deserved praise to his contemporary.
The sophomore star talked about Antetokounmpo’s remarkable transition to the backcourt, his incredible athleticism, and why it all makes him such a problem for other teams.
“He’s unbelievable. When he goes to the basket and he keeps the ball high like that in one hand, don’t know how can stop that. He’s just a freak. Running the floor, playing point guard, playing whatever position. The things he can do on the basketball court, I don’t think there has been a guy that long and that skilled as him. So he’s definitely a problem for every team.”
Check out this clip of Antetokounmpo’s incredible spin move between two defenders before dropping off a pass to a teammate in the paint for an easy finish.
That guy is 6-foot-11.
This play shows Antetokounmpo putting the ball on the floor before stepping back and stopping on a dime for the short-range jump shot.
How many times has Porzingis made plays like that?
In three head-to-head matchups last season, Antetokounmpo was suspended for their opening day game, and neither player took the upper hand as their teams split the season series.
Their stats are telling of how uniquely gifted the two players are.
Porzingis averaged 26.7 minutes, 13.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, and 1.3 assists on a slash line of .469/.300/.800.
Antetokounmpo averaged 35.3 minutes, 15.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.0 blocks on a slash line of .432/.000/.813.