Kristaps Porzingis has had an up and down career, entering the league with a viral meme of a New Yorkers reaction to him being drafted. This was followed by Stephen A Smith having a meltdown over the pick but quickly he proved he could ball. Porzingis went from 14, to 18, to 23 points per game and became an all-star in his third season at 22.
The relationship in New York soured fast and came to an end after three seasons with an ACL tear. Porzingis was traded to the Mavericks during the 2018-19 trade deadline. He would make his debut for the 2019-20 season, he averaged 20 and 9 but clearly was uncomfortable attacking the rim. His two and a half years in Dallas had ups and downs with nagging injuries and a lot of deep threes. Porzingis had a renascence year in Washington averaging 23/8/2/2 shooting 38% from three.
How does he help Boston?
Standing at 7 feet 3 inches tall, Porzingis gained the unicorn nickname for a reason. He possesses incredible athleticism and versatility for a player of his size.
Offensively, Porzingis is a remarkable scorer with a diverse skill set. He possesses a smooth shooting stroke and can shoot from anywhere on the court, including mid-range and three-point range. His shooting range and accuracy make him a threat in pick-and-pop situations, where he can stretch the floor and create spacing for his teammates. Porzingis has a high release point on his shot, making it difficult for defenders to contest his jumpers effectively. His ability to stretch the floor alongside Al Horford gives Boston the best floor stretching big tandem in the league.
Furthermore, Porzingis has solid ball-handling skills, allowing him to attack the basket off the dribble and finish with authority at the rim. Injuries have become a mental hurdle for Porzingis as he can settle for shots and pass up driving opportunities. However when he does drive, his size and length give him an advantage when driving to the basket, and he can use his agility and coordination to finish through contact. He also has a solid post-up game and can score with either hand around the basket.
However, it's important to note that Porzingis has experienced some injury setbacks throughout his career, which have occasionally limited his availability and impacted his performance. Nonetheless, when healthy and in rhythm, he is a game-changing player capable of dominating on both ends of the court.