Kristaps Porzingis looks right at home in DC after imp stephen curry jersey youth l ressive debut for Wizards
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Krista steph curry orange jersey p Kobe Bryant s Porzingis was all smiles after his debut game in his new home city, and after stints in New York and Dallas, the Latvian 'unicorn' may have finally found a home in the NBA.
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Porzingis helped the Wizards to a 133-123 victory over the Pacers in Washington, finishing with a team-high 25 points, five assists and two rebounds.
He led the Wizards in points, despite playing just 21 minutes, the fourth-most of the team’s five starters.
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"As soon as I got here I felt comfortable right away," Porzingis said post-game. "People welcomed me with open arms, made me feel comfortable right away. I got into the work right away and I'm happy to finally be out there on the floor and getting the reward of all that work.
"I'm just excited to be a Wizard."
Porzingis, selected No. 4 overall in the 2015 draft by the Knicks, entered the league with high expectations, more so after he was described by Kevin Durant as a "unicorn."
It was a nickname he didn't like initially but has now come to embrace it.
After earning a selection to the NBA All-Star Game as a Knick in January of 2018, Porzingis went down with a torn ACL on Feb. 6, 2018. It would be the last time he ever suited up for New York.
He was traded to Dallas in late January 2019.
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After three seasons, a deal was made at the trade deadline this year to send Porzingis to the Wizards. The 26-year-old signed a $158 million, five-year contract with the Mavericks before ever playing for them. The 7-foot-3 Latvian averaged 20 points and 8.8 rebounds in 134 games with Dallas.
Immediately upon hearing the news of the trade, Porzingis said he thought he would fall in love with the city of Washington.
The Wizards now have a big frontcourt presence consisting of Porzingis, Kyle Kuzma and Rui Hachimura – a luxury they haven't enjoyed for some time – and have the ability to play different lineups, alternating between playing Porzingis closer to the basket or even out on the perimeter. Against the Pacers, Porzingis was 3-of-4 from long-range, displaying his versatility.
The Wizards are now 29-34 on the season and just two games back from the Atlanta Hawks in the final Play-In seed. Time may be running out with just 18 games lef Michael Jordan t, but with a healthy and happy Porzingis, anything is possible.