From being booed on draft night to becoming the owner of monster putbacks that ignited the crowd at Madison Square Garden, or any other arenas for that matter, Kristaps Porzingis has gone through a lot in the eyes of fans.
The 7-foot-3 Latvian is as unique as they come. His combination of superb length, agility, athleticism, and skills haven’t been seen from anyone in league history. Last season, people got a treat out of seeing Porzingis break the norm for guys his size.
This year, the incoming sophomore of the New York Knicks is looking to up the ante further. In Stefan Bondy’s article for the New York Daily News, Kristaps Porzingis commented on the thought of him notching an extremely rare quadruple-double.
“It's been a while (since somebody did it). It's not impossible. That's the goal right there.”
“You've got to be in position where you have the ball a lot and make plays for your teammates as well. And the ten blocks, of course is not easy either. It's possible.”
The last person to accomplish that feat was the great David Robinson, and that was 22 years ago when The Admiral had 34 points, 10, rebounds, 10, assists, and 10 blocks in a game.
Others who have done it are Hakeem Olajuwon (18 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, and 11 blocks, and on a separate occasion, 29 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 blocks), Alvin Robertson (20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists, and 10 steals), and Nate Thurmond (22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists, and 12 blocks).
Kristaps Porzingis already has the individual tools and artillery around him to come close to a quadruple-double. 22 years of drought is no joke, but 7-foot-3, guard-like skills, and great instincts aren’t either.