Kristaps Porzingis has conceded Rookie of the Year to Karl-Anthony Towns
Does Porzingis have any chance at winning Rookie of the Year?
By Michael Pina
In just about any other season, New York Knicks phenom Kristaps Porzingis would be the NBA's Rookie of the Year. In 62 games, the 20-year-old is averaging 14.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game.
He plays in the NBA's largest market, on a team that's dramatically better on both ends of the floor whenever he's on the court, and earlier this season Kevin Durant called him "a unicorn":
“It will be tough because Karl is just playing unbelievably,” Porzingis said at Monday’s practice in the suburbs of Denver. “The only option for me is for us to make the playoffs. That’s the main goal. If we play well, I’ll have an opportunity to get it. If we make the playoffs, then it will happen that.’”
Here's how the two 20-year-olds stack up so far, per Basketball-Reference. Towns might be the best rookie since Tim Duncan, with an unbelievable combination of size, athleticism, touch and intelligence. For good measure, he also did this to Porzingis when the two squared off earlier this season:
There's no shame in finishing second to Towns. Even though the Knicks are a brutal basketball team, Porzingis rightfully has his eyes on more important team-oriented goals. And beyond that, what really matters here is that watching these two prodigies go head-to-head for the next 10 years is going to be so much fun.