New York Knicks' rookie Kristaps Porzingis will start at the power forward position during the team's season opener against the Bucks.
The Knicks selected the 7'1" Latvian national with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft after he spent three seasons playing for Baloncesto Sevilla in Spain. His selection was originally met with boos in New York, but team president Phil Jackson defended the pick in the press.
In the preseason, Porzingis averaged 7.5 points per game on 37% shooting. He will start alongside Jose Calderon, Sasha Vujacic, Carmelo Anthony and Robin Lopez when the Knicks open play in Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
New York finished the 2014–15 season with a 17–65 record, the worst result in franchise history.
- Jeremy Layton