Kristaps Porzingis is the man of mystery of the 2015 NBA Draft to the fans, but not to NBA people. Reportedly owning a promise in the late lottery of last year’s Draft, he still opted to withdraw from the Draft and return to Sevilla for another year. That decision proved to be awfully wise, as he has taken himself to a consensus top-five pick for June’s Draft.
Working out with Joe Abunassar and Drew Moore of Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, Porzingis showed his total package offensively. He shot the lights out of the ball from NBA three, displayed an explosive first step, and simply ripped the rim off every time that he got to the rack. Granted, it was a one-on-none workout, but the bulk 150-plus executives in the building walked away knowing that Kristaps had the stroke and athleticism for your ideal face-up power forward in today’s NBA.
Here is the salvaged portion of our interview with Kristaps:
CityLeagueHoops: What are you looking to improve on in the pre-draft process with the guys at Impact?
Kristaps Porzingis: Teams want to see me get stronger, so I am going to work on that. I am going to keep working on my shot, my dribble, and my low post skills.
CLH: What do you think you surprised teams with in today’s workout that they may not have necessarily seen in Sevilla?
KP: I think that I showed my range and how big I am in person. I’m 7’1 with good mobility, am pretty quick for my size, and have good athleticism.
CLH: What teams will you be interviewing with?
KP: I just got done meeting with the Lakers. Yesterday I met with Utah and Portland. Now I have a meeting with Minnesota and a three more today.
CLH: What is it like going up against Myles Turner every day out here in Vegas?
KP: Myles is a great player. He is very physical and is a great athlete. It was great working out with him and we push each other, so it has been great for both of us.
CLH: How do you think going to Spain for your pro career helped you as opposed to staying in Latvia?
KP: I think it was great because when I was 15, I moved from home to another country and learned a new language. The youth level in Spain is a lot higher than it is in Latvia. These last couple of years in the ACB were unbelievable for me to play with all of these professionals in such a great league.