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Kristaps Porzingis snubbed in 2015 NBA GM survey

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With the new NBA season now just one week away, the results of the annual General Manager survey are in.

The predictions of the league's 30 GMs proved a timely confidence boost for the likes of the Cleveland Cavaliers (favorites to win the 2015-16 title with 53.6% of the votes) and Steph Curry (voted the player GMs would want taking a shot with a game on the line).

Snubbed

But the 2015 survey does not make pretty reading for the New York Knicks, and their much-discussed first-round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis, in particular.

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According to the New York Post, not a single general manager predicted the Latvian would win Rookie of the Year - quite the snub for a player selected as the fourth overall pick of the draft back in June.

Considering the 20-year-old is viewed as a long-term project by the Knicks, the idea of him winning the award for best rookie this year may well be a little optimistic. 

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Porzingis, though, also failed to crack the top four when GMs were asked which rookie would have the best career in five years time.

Expectations

Knicks fans will be hoping the consensus view doesn't hold true, with the young power forward/center seen as a central figure in the franchise's attempts to return to the right end of the NBA standings.

Although Porzingis might not yet rate as highly as the likes of Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay in the eyes of NBA GMs, he isn't going to have to wait long for his first chance to prove them wrong.

As reported by Frank Isola, Knicks head coach Derek Fisher is set to include the Latvian in his starting line-up on opening night.

Knicks fans: Who would you have picked in the 2015 draft? Have your say in the comments below...

 

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