Kristaps Porziņģis is a Latvian professional basketball player for the New York Knicks of the NBA. He stands at 7 ft 3 in, and plays both the power forward and center positions. He was selected by the New York Knicks with the 4th pick of the 2015 NBA draft.
He started his professional career with Sevilla in Spain, He was selected 2 times in the ACB All-Young Players team and was named the EuroCup rising star in 2015.
After being drafted by the Knicks, He scored 16 points in his NBA debut, leading New York to a 122–97 season-opening win over the Milwaukee Bucks, On 23 March 2016, he tied a career high with 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 115–107 win over the Chicago Bulls. He took part in the NBA Rising Stars challenge in his rookie season, Porziņģis finished second in NBA Rookie of the Season voting and was named in the NBA All-Rookie first team.
During the 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend, Porziņģis played for Team World and also won the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
On November 5, 2017, Porziņģis set a new career high with 40 points in a 108–101 win over the Indiana Pacers, He was named as an Eastern Conference Reserve for the 2018 NBA All-Star game.
On February 6, 2018, in a 103–89 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, Porziņģis tore his left ACL. He was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the season, and also the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, and is expected to be sidelined for at least 10 months after surgery.