Who is Kristaps Porzingis?
Kristaps Porzingis is a professional Latvian basketball player. He plays for the team Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was born on the 2nd of August, 1995 in Liepaja, Latvia.
|Celebrated Name||Kristaps Porzingis|
|Birth Date||2nd of August, 1995|
|Birth Place||Liepaja, Latvia|
|Parents||Father: Talis Porzingis
Mother: Ingrida Porzingis
|Height||7 feet 3 inches|
|Net Worth||$8 million|
Porzingis started playing basketball from a very young age of six. His brother Janis took him to offseason training sessions when he was twelve years old. Furthermore, Porzingis played in the most famous club in his hometown, BK Liepajas Lauvas, and competed in various youth competitions till he was 15 years old.
The videos of him playing were sent to various teams in Spain and Italy by an agent. Baloncesto Sevilla called him in 2010 for tryouts to recruit foreign talent to its junior squad. However, he suffered from anemia and was fatigued, and could not exercise. But he overcame the condition and started improving in his game. Apart from his weakness, there was a language barrier between him and the other players. He struggled to communicate with the staff and players while playing for the junior squad.
Porzingis entered the 2015 NBA draft on the 16th of April, 2015. He then immediately became a lottery pick and a potential top-5 selection. Porzingis liked the team Los Angeles Lakers. The New York Knicks selected him as the fourth overall pick on the 25th of June, 2015. With the 2015 Draft, he became the highest-drafted Baltic and Latvian player in NBA history.
Porzingis signed the contract with the New York Knicks on the 30th of July, 2015. He made his professional league debut on the 28th of October, 2015 against the Milwaukee Bucks, where he scored 16 points and lead New York to a 122-97 win.
Porzingis was traded alongside Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Courtney Lee to the Dallas Mavericks on the 31st of January, 2019. He did not play for the 2018-19 season as he was healing from his ACL injury. However, he signed an 8 million contract on a five-year maximum contract with the Mavericks on the 2nd of July, 2019.
Personal Life of Kristaps Porzingis
Porzingis is the son of Talis Porzingis and Ingrida Porzingis. All his family members are from an athletic background and play basketball. His father was a semi-professional and his mother was on the women’s youth national basketball team. He is one of the tallest players in the history of the NBA.
Besides, the athlete holds a Latvian nationality. He stands at a height of 7 feet 3 inches and weighs about 109 kg. He has an estimated net worth of $8 million.