Kristaps Porzingis: 'I'm not the stiff Euro that everyone thinks I am'

Kristaps Porzingis is a name that doesn't roll off your tongue but it is a name that you will become quite familiar with very soon. The Latvian big man declared for the NBA Draft back in April and has been slowly raising his stock since.

After watching his first US workout in Las Vegas yesterday, several scouts left raving about Porzingis. One scout told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that Porzingis was the best player in the draft and was "better than Karl-Anthony Towns." Towns is expected to be a top two pick so this is very high praise. 

After his workout, Porzingis confidently spoke with SLAM about his potential:

“I’m 7-1 with good mobility, am pretty quick for my size, and have good athleticism. I’m really long and can block shots on defense, too.”

“I’m not the stiff European that everyone thinks I am,” he said with a chuckle.

This was an important distinction for Porzingis to make, especially with European players like Andrea Bargnani and Jan Vesely not living up to their potential in the NBA. Porzingis will have to back up his words once he enters the league but his skill set and size does make him an interesting prospect. 

In CBSSports.com's mock drafts, Porzingis has been going anywhere from fifth to thirteenth. We will find out how high or low he actually gets drafted on June 25. 

Kristaps Porzingis is a potential top pick.
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Ananth Pandian has been writing about all NBA-related things including the social and lifestyle aspect of the sport for CBS Sports since 2015. His name is actually easy to pronounce, just remember it is... Full Bio

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