Kobe Bryant: Kristaps Porzingis Like Dirk Nowitzki, Not Pau Gasol
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The Los Angeles Lakers played the New York Knicks last week with the team falling to Derek Fisher’s squad at Madison Square Garden. It was the first time the Lakers were able to get a look at rookie forward Kristpas Porzingis in the regular season, and the international product didn’t disappoint.

Back at the 2015 NBA Draft, Porzingis was in the discussion with the team’s No. 2 pick. However, the Lakers ultimately chose D’Angelo Russell to pair with Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle.

After the loss to the Knicks, Kobe Bryant was asked what he thought of the Knicks rookie. Bryant seemed impressed with Porzingis and believes he’s got a bright future ahead in the NBA, via Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

“From what I’ve seen so far, looks pretty damn good,” Kobe Bryant said last week before the Lakers faced Porzingis and the Knicks at the Garden. “He’s skillful, can do a lot of things and he seems to be competitive, too. He has a good competitive spirit about him.”

Bryant was informed that his former coach and current Knicks president, Phil Jackson, sees some similarities to Pau Gasol. Kobe, comically admitting that he’s disagreed with Jackson on more than occasion, believes he’s more like Dirk Nowitzki, via Berger:

“Pau?” Bryant said. “No. Wouldn’t be the first time me and Phil disagreed. Porzingis, from what I’ve seen, he seems more Dirk-like in terms of style of play more so than Pau.”

Heading into the 2015 NBA Draft, there was a lot of debate about Porzingis’ potential and where he might land. Kristaps ultimately ended up being drafted much higher than anticipated with the Knicks willing to take the risk after dropping out of the top three.

So far, it seems as though the gamble the Knicks made is paying off. New York could have a significant building block with Porzingis playing alongside superstar Carmelo Anthony.

In nine games played, Porzingis is averaging 11.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. Decent numbers for a rookie, to say the least, especially one surrounded by so much uncertainty.

He is like a cross of Dirk and Anthony Davis. Damn, did I really just say that. That might be the perfect Center/Forward.

  • He is like a cross of Dirk and Anthony Davis. Damn, did I really just say that. That might be the perfect Center/Forward.

  • Bet the 76ers are kicking themselves for missing out on him. He and Nerlens Noel would have complemented each other perfectly.

  • Bet the 76ers are kicking themselves for missing out on him. He and Nerlens Noel would have complemented each other perfectly.

  • He’s a lot of fun to watch I tell u that much. Still not there in terms of his conditioning because in Europe they play a lot less games per week but once he gets used to the NBA and develops some back to the basket moves he’s gonna become a real star.

  • He’s a lot of fun to watch I tell u that much. Still not there in terms of his conditioning because in Europe they play a lot less games per week but once he gets used to the NBA and develops some back to the basket moves he’s gonna become a real star.

  • 76ers need another big man like a hole in their head!
    lol they should give us 1 for a guard.

  • 76ers need another big man like a hole in their head!
    lol they should give us 1 for a guard.

  • i think Dirk is way better offensively.
    there wont be another dirk…..

  • Porz is like dirk with less offense but more defense and athletecism…that’s what I try to say

  • Porz is like dirk with less offense but more defense and athletecism…that’s what I try to say

  • However this is KP’s first season and hes averaging more points than dirk did in his rookie season, the mavs team in 98-99 19-31 in the west. Plus hes averaging literally the same minutes as Dirk’s rookie year. Which is a big plus.

  • However this is KP’s first season and hes averaging more points than dirk did in his rookie season, the mavs team in 98-99 19-31 in the west. Plus hes averaging literally the same minutes as Dirk’s rookie year. Which is a big plus.

  • I think it has to be with the system….at the same time, Porz can help knicks in other facets unlike dirk who can score and space the floor…KP got that handles like Randle and is physical for boards

  • I think it has to be with the system….at the same time, Porz can help knicks in other facets unlike dirk who can score and space the floor…KP got that handles like Randle and is physical for boards

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  • Wow, Pelicans going to lose to the Knicks. I think that makes them 1-9. Anyone know what’s up with the Pelicans?

  • Wow, Pelicans going to lose to the Knicks. I think that makes them 1-9. Anyone know what’s up with the Pelicans?

  • And the Pelicans are now 1-9!

    Should the FO try to make a move to try to steal Davis away from New Orleans?

    Trade Hibbert + Randle + Russel or Clarkson for Davis

  • And the Pelicans are now 1-9!

    Should the FO try to make a move to steal Davis away from New Orleans?

    Trade Hibbert + Randle + Clarkson for Davis

    Oh wait, we really no asset…

  • This you’ll know only when both Dlo and Pozingis reach their potential.

  • This you’ll know only when both Dlo and Pozingis reach their potential.

  • They will probably fire the coach first before trading AD, but I would be in favor of that trade. Talent like AD is rare.

    You have any idea why the Pelicans are bad? I haven’t watched any of there games.

  • They will probably fire the coach first before trading AD, but I would be in favor of that trade. Talent like AD is rare.

    You have any idea why the Pelicans are bad? I haven’t watched any of there games.

  • Lol, uh.. no. Pau isn’t a great 3 point shooter, although ok and Pau isn’t a great defender due to his “lack of” athleticism.

  • Lol, uh.. no. Pau isn’t a great 3 point shooter, although ok and Pau isn’t a great defender due to his “lack of” athleticism.

  • Pau is a better 3pt than Davis to this point. Ultra skilled with the ball as well. And he averaged almost 2 blocks per game last season. Pau plays with intensity, intelligence, and coordination. We’ve seen him ball fake guys like Lebron and drive in for the stuff. We’ve seen him make highlight reel assists. He’s a complete player that Porzingis will be lucky if he measures up to.

    If anyone ever actually bothered to watch Gasol play, they’d know how off the mark your “lol no” is… I’m in the camp that says Gasol should be a hall of famer.

  • Pau is a better 3pt than Davis to this point. Ultra skilled with the ball as well. And he averaged almost 2 blocks per game last season. Pau plays with intensity, intelligence, and coordination. We’ve seen him ball fake guys like Lebron and drive in for the stuff. We’ve seen him make highlight reel assists. He’s a complete player that Porzingis will be lucky if he measures up to.

    If anyone ever actually bothered to watch Gasol play, they’d know how off the mark your “lol no” is… I’m in the camp that says Gasol should be a hall of famer.

  • Not as much as the Lakers are kicking themselves for not picking Okafor.

  • Not as much as the Lakers are kicking themselves for not picking Okafor.

  • Why would the sixers trade a 21 yrs old all rookie 1st team selection, defensive presence in blk and steals avgs:12ppg, 9rebs, 2blks for what looks like, at least to date, an average pg?

  • Why would the sixers trade a 21 yrs old all rookie 1st team selection, defensive presence in blk and steals avgs:12ppg, 9rebs, 2blks for what looks like, at least to date, an average pg?

  • Who said Davis was a 3 point shooter? Nobody. We are saying that Dirk is the 3 point shooter. I agree about Zing would be lucky to have a similar career to Pau. Pau is one of the best post players in NBA history as far as I am concerned, just very different games.

  • Who said Davis was a 3 point shooter? Nobody. We are saying that Dirk is the 3 point shooter. I agree about Zing would be lucky to have a similar career to Pau. Pau is one of the best post players in NBA history as far as I am concerned, just very different games.

  • Davis worked on his 3pt shooting over the offseason and will now take those shots. He’s shooting an average 33.3%, going 5/15 from behind the arc through 7 games. That’s a little over two attempts per game.

    When placing someone between Dirk and Davis, in my mind you mix and match their strengths and weaknesses as well.

  • Davis worked on his 3pt shooting over the offseason and will now take those shots. He’s shooting an average 33.3%, going 5/15 from behind the arc through 7 games. That’s a little over two attempts per game.

    When placing someone between Dirk and Davis, in my mind you mix and match their strengths and weaknesses as well.

  • Porzingis just got a 29 pts 11 rebs games. KAT has had a 28/14 4 blocks game. okafor’s best game was 26/7/4. Mudiay’s big game was 18/11 asssts.

  • Porzingis just got a 29 pts 11 rebs games. KAT has had a 28/14 4 blocks game. okafor’s best game was 26/7/4. Mudiay’s big game was 18/11 asssts.

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