Kristaps Porzingis is just 22 years old bringing one of the most famous sports franchises in the world back to basketball relevance. His Basketball prowess was on full display on December 11th at The Garden. Kristaps scored 37 pts, had 11 rebounds, along with 5 blocks to lead the Knicks to an overtime victory in what was an action-packed game against Lonzo Ball’s Lakers. The “Unicorn” from Latvia is unlike any basketball player the NBA has ever seen, but he came a long way to finally end up under the lights of Basketballs’ Mecca. Let’s check out how he got to the big city and his net worth.
Kristapis Porzingis’ Net Worth As Of 2019: $8 Million
Kristaps Porzingis is making just over $4.5 million dollars this season from his current Knicks contract. His contract, along with all the things he owns and his properties, makes his total net wroth turn out to be just about $8 million U.S.D. Although Kristaps is still playing under his 4-year $18.6 million dollar rookie contract, his Net Worth will without question skyrocket when signs his next one in the coming years.
Kristaps Porzinigis was born on August 2nd, 1995 in Liepāja, Latvia, a city on the western coast of Latvia about 130 miles from the capital of Riga. He first touched a basketball when he was six years old, by his early youth he was playing for his hometown team of BK Liepājas Lauvas. At the age of 15, Kristaps signed with Baloncesto Sevilla, a team that has played in the top tier of Spanish basketball since 1989. Kristaps had his debut for Sevilla early in 2012, he would play for Baloncesto Sevilla for three full seasons until finally deciding to declare for the 2015 NBA draft.
The New York Knicks drafted Kristaps Porzinigis forth overall in the 2015 NBA draft, in from of their home fans at Madison Square Garden. Most Knicks fans in attendance that night booed when the Knicks drafted him, very few people even ever heard of this 7-foot kid from Eastern Europe. Kristaps was eager to show the Knicks faithful that management had made the right decision by drafting him 4th overall, and boy did he put on a SHOW. Porzingis in his rookie season with New York averaged 14.3 PPG, to go along with 7.3 rebounds, and almost 2.0 Blocks per game, which were some of the best totals for rookies in the 2015-2016 NBA campaign. Kristaps night in and night out provided Knicks fans with some sort of highlight reel dunk or block, halfway through the season you could tell that the Knicks struck gold by drafting the 7-foot kid from Latvia.
Kristaps in his sophomore season showed great improvement as a basketball player. In the 2016-2017 season, Porzingis averaged 18.1 PPG (4 points more than his rookie year), along with 7.2 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks. During the summer of 2017, the Knicks traded there star forward and number one scoring option, Carmelo Anthony, to the Oklahoma City Thunder. By trading Carmelo it opened the door for Kristaps to become the Knicks go-to guy at the offensive end of the floor. Kristaps since the beginning of the 2017-2018 season has shown the NBA that he is more than capable of being the number one guy on offense. He has played so far this year 23 games and is averaging 26 PPG to go along with 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks a game. The 7-foot unicorn, aside from having a career year, has the Knicks fighting for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The future looks pretty bright for Mr. Porzingis and New York’s storied basketball franchise.
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