Hearing an arena full of angry fans boo his name on draft night couldn't have been exactly how Kristaps Porzingis envisaged entering the NBA.
His arrival to the New York Knicks as the fifth overall pick left frustrated fans questioning Phil Jackson and co but the Latvian youngster is already doing much to change those boos into cheers.
Making his NBA Summer League début this weekend (a video of which can be found below), Porzingis displayed a raw ability that brought him support from the bleachers. One NBA legend commenting on the game going so far as to compare him to "a combination between Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant."
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Porzingis is seen as a long-term project by the Knicks and his lack of physicality was evident against the San Antonio Spurs summer league roster. Still, racking up 12 points in 18 minutes on the night, there were signs of just why New York were so high on the Euro talent.
Some of the youngster's baskets might not have followed the NBA coaching manual but, alongside some solid defensive work, Porzingis did enough to leave those in attendance predicting big things further down the line.
Hall of FamerJames Worthy, speaking in his role as game commentator, was clearly in awe of the talent he saw before him:
"He is a freak of nature," Worthy explained.
"He's a combination of Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Durant. It's a good pick for the Knicks."
Porzingis has been likened to the German veteran in recent times but adding Kevin Durant into the mix will have Knicks fans dreaming of big things from their lottery pick.
It could take some time before that raw talent turns into NBA production but at least the 19-year-old is starting to generate some positive headlines after a difficult baptism of fire into the New York basketball scene.