by my opinion 7'0 PF from Latvia Kristaps Porzingis is bigest prospect at U-18 championship. Remeber that name, he might be prospect with bigest upside in whole europe since Dirk Nowitzki
At moment he does not dominate, but he is jet to cathch his age groupe in physical development. But Kid is amazing. Has shooting touch, athletic abilitys, handles ball amazing for height, has very good athletic abitys, has good understanding of game, grat shoot block timeing, lenght. Kid is just pure talent. Only thing questionable is his frame, but we will see how much he will get wider when his development is done. I can defentley see him being first pick oveall i 2-3 years
Great thing for him he plays for Spanish Cajasol and is coached by Aito, probably best coach in whole europe for young prospects
First pick overall?!?!? No. Nobody from Europe will ever be the first pick overall. Never. Never never never. There are studs coming up every single year in high school that will be one-and-dones and the first pick of that draft. Sorry.
Andrea Bargnani was first pick. Also bogut from Australia wich parents imigrated from Croatia. S it's not imposible
And you don't need to get mad just because my opinion about potential of one kid
Also, remember Nikoloz Tskitishvili? Just because your 7ft, Euro and can shoot does NOT mean you are like Dirk. It is insulting to him that 5-7 prospects a year are compared to him, he was special and had the mental toughness needed to compete day in and day out in the NBA.
Also there was Gasol, Kukoc, Petrovic, Sabonis, Divac, Parker and so on
anway, I based my opinion on watching this kid, not on scouting reports or you tube hoopmixtapes where evrey kid looks like combination of Magic, Jordan, Bird and James
you can watch him from monday via live streams since they are broadcating host team games
Bogut isn't European, he's australian and he played college ball in the USA, so that's WAY different. And Bargnani sucks, if you knew what it would turn out to be nobody would draft him #1 again. Tskitishvili, Vesely, Pecherov, virameenko, sundov, tsakalidis, rebraca, so many Euro players that come over and suck. I'll put any amount of money on that kid porzingis NOT being drafted in the lottery at all, let alone #1.
bust rate of americans and europians are not much difrent.
I metnioned Bogut because he is international to you, anwy bout of his parents are from Croatia. He is first born Australian so he has conetion with europe. but I metnioned him as international
Anway, insted of just asuming and atacking people you can actally try discusing abotu basketball as well as watching it. We are in 21st cen. nd it's not so hard to find some games of any kid so we can have normal discusion
Sure but I bet you would draft Parker or Dirk no 1.. They're better than many former 1st overal picks.
Just because Bargnani sucks doesn't mean he wasn't a first overall pick. Regardless of how bad he is, you can't change history, therefore your first comment is still wrong.
btw, for those who are intrested in real discusion here are few plays from him. his body remind of 18 year old p. gasol
Gasol probably should have gone #1, over the three HS center prospects that year. And I don't think it would have been too much of a shocker if he had been, he was a pretty damn good prospect.
Kid going first on any draft is an overstatement but I wish him luck and hopefully see him successfull in the league one day :)
This kid has serious upside. He has all the tools to be the great next Euro phenom, but he's still raw offensively and lacks bulk. He already shows his talent in the defensive end where he is a natural elite rebounder/shotblocker.
I dont know if he 'll be a top pick in next drafts but with is length, quickness and fluidity he is NBA material for sure.
yeah, he needs polish his skills. but pretey much he has potential to do evrythin PF needs to do. Shoot, play p'n'r, face the basket or play with back to basket. Also just by geting stronger evrything will come easier for him. My bigest oncern is his ultra skiny frame wich eventually can limit his potential
here are some more plays from him
I just saw this discussion about Kristaps. Its true, he is next BIG thing in Latvia basketball future. He now is better than Biedrins, when he was at his age. Decent defender with great timing and basketball IQ. Only minus for him is his frame, but he has only 18. People are growing till 21 years of age and than we can see how he can bulk up his body and dont loose his pluses.
And Durant also have weak frame, Prince, Bosh and so on, if we look on this players and who are guarding who. Not all can be LBJ or Howard, and no needed to be.
However this two national youngster teams u18 and u20(silver in Euro 2013) is full of talents and future is very bright for Latvia. After this championship he need to be in nba draft prospect TOP. He is better than Andris Biedrins in this age, and Biedrins was drafted 11th overall.
Here are video for Porzingis
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNDt5GIPH9c (Profile Euro 2013)
Here is his first game in ACB - http://sportacentrs.com/basketbols/legionari/31032013-kristaps_porzingis...
I remeber Biedrins at same age. There was turament played in my former school gym. There were qute alot prospects there. Biedrins, Belineli, Petro, Tomic, Markoishvili and so on. Biedrins at that point was alredy quite strong with good athletic abilitys but with unpolished skills. If he was more serius he could have better carer
people can also check full game of today Latvia-Lithuania on fibaeuropetv. only needed registration, fibatv gives it for free
other nba itresting prospects Sabonis, Pesceniks and Smits in game
Yeah, in Lithuania about Sabonis is hype for NBA draft, but today Porzingis owned Sabonis. And yeah, Smits is very close to be a force right now. He have frame and also brain. He coud be something, if offcourse work hard. And Pasecniks I compare with good shooter from range, but with weak defense and not much skill and atlethic. See how he progress in future.
Tomorow Latvia U18 vs Croatia U18 1/2 finals. Winner goes to finals. Turn on stream to see how good is Porzingis.
He reminds me young Pau Gasol and also Andrei Kirilenko. He's better than Pau Gasol (who is a late bloomer) at the same age (but not better than Kirilenko).
To me he's by far the best prospect of the tournament, even if there is a lot of potential (Sabonis, Sipahi, Inglis, Diop, Birsen...)
Bad game today from Porzingis, fouled out from the game. Hope Latvia win this.
Latvia lost yestrday to Croatia, and main things do refree for bad decisions late in game. However, today Latvia lost to Spain by 1point in game for 3rd place. Sad, very sad, but thats life.
Today Kristaps Porzingis was better game, but still not perfect. 11points, 15reb and 9block shots. Shooting wasnt a best today, but its normal.
He with Andzejs Pasecniks was voted to the championship All Star team 1. ;)
Here is the video. Porzingis dont realize game tieing 2p shot with 2.6 seconds left in game. But still have decent performance. Made his only 3p shot in game crunch time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUhsN13M_uLLQQ8lFewoXxzA&v=uGzYWOXAipQ...
He's the best shotblocker ever during a U18 Euro with almost 5 blocks per game.
Here is all tournament highlights. ;)