Kristaps Porzingis vs. Carmelo Anthony

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Category : Team Review

Background Of Kristaps

Kristaps Porzingis was selected during the 2015 draft pick by the New York Knicks as an overall fourth round pick. He stands at 7’3, Latvian, and plays a strong power forward position. Porzingis is also known for playing the center position. During late October, Kristaps was able to score his first career double with 13 points and 14 rebounds in a loss against the San Antonio Spurs. His best game came that same year in November with 24 points.

Porzingis has improved his game by averaging over 27 points per game. Unfortunately, the fans have not always had a highly regarded opinion of Kristaps Porzingis leaving him with a lot to prove. He got his start playing professional basketball by following the footsteps of his parents and siblings. Porzingis also had to overcome anemia before he could effectively manage his junior basketball career. His coaches continued to see potential in him that lead him to the NBA.

Background Of Carmelo Anthony

Standing at 6’8 and a superior small forward, Carmelo Anthony is a well known player for the New York Knicks. After the death of his dad, at the age of two, Anthony to moved to Baltimore and decided he would have to make a better life for himself by focusing on basketball. He played for Towson Catholic High school for three years of high school. Basketball was intended to be a distraction from the crime ridden housing projects that was near Anthony’s home. By his senior year he became the top player in the Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore Catholic League player of the year. He played college basketball for both University of Texas and the University of Kansas.

Anthony began his NBA career as an overall third draft pick in 2003 for Denver Nuggets. He played with the Nuggets from 2003-2011 and averaged 30+ points a game. Carmelo Anthony was traded to the New York Knicks in 2011 as a multi-player deal. In 2011, Anthony assisted the Knicks in their first playoff game since 2001. His tenacity for the game has caused him to score over 40 points in multiple games and averaging 13-of-13 free throw attempts.

How They Work Together

Carmelo Anthony is clearly a move visual player on the court than Kristaps Porzingis. Anthony has also had the opportunity to score more points by Porzingis being a bench player. Ironically, Anthony and Kristaps are currently training together for the 2016-17 season for the Knicks. Sources have said, this is an attempt to improve their offensive game. One is compared to an NBA veteran while the other is compared to a rising star. Kristaps has been reported as saying there is nothing that Carmelo Anthony can’t do on the court.

Kristaps Porzingis is quickly becoming a protege of Carmello Anthony. Anthony has made an attempt to teach Kristaps everything he knows about the NBA. They believe that training together will help them improve their actual statistics on the court. Anthony and Kristaps have formed a brotherhood during their training season to lend support for each other on and off the court. Both of them look forward to the new season and contributing to the New York Knicks. Despite any rumors, Kristpas Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony remain strong team players.