With NBA All-Star voting now open, basketball fans around the world are voting for their favorite players in every way possible, whether through Twitter, Instagram, or NBA.com. One player who seems to be getting a lot of tweets and posts is Kristaps Porzingis, the rookie sensation of the New York Knicks.
Kristaps has shocked the league with how quickly he’s adjusted to the NBA, grabbing double doubles over and over, and producing highlight plays. Porzingis has also showed out on defense, averaging two blocks per game, recording a couple six block games, and even a seven block game in his short time in the association. By the media’s standards, KP is way ahead of schedule, doing now what he was supposed to do in 2-3 years.
So, with the way he’s been playing, and being the fan favorite he is, could Kristaps Porzingis be voted into the All-Star game as a starter?
You might know Zemgus Girgensons, the NHL Center that plays for the Buffalo Sabres, who is a decent-but-not-really-all-star-game-worthy third liner who, like Kristaps, is Latvian, and like Kristaps, had a song made about him by a Latvian rap group.
KP’s song will never get old, either.
Last year Girgensons was the leading vote-getter for the NHL All-Star game, mostly due to those back in Latvia voting over and over again. This was accomplished in the relatively small market of Buffalo. With Porzingis playing how he is in the huge market of New York City, on a better team, it won’t only be Latvia pushing for him to start for the Eastern Conference in Toronto come February 14th.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ F LeBron James is a given to start however KP will have to receive more votes than players such as Paul George, Kevin Love, Pau Gasol, or even his own teammate, Carmelo Anthony to grab one of the two remaining frontcourt spots and be the first rookie to start in the All-Star game since Yao Ming in 2003.
Kristaps Porzingis is only 20, and potentially has countless All-Star appearances ahead of him. A start in Toronto this season would represent the turn around of the skinny European kid who was booed on draft day to the fan favorite rookie playing alongside the best player in the world.