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Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis just created NBA rookie history

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The New York Knicks may have lost 107-93 to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, but one of their players left Madison Square Garden with a little piece of NBA history.

As noted by Basketball Reference, Kristaps Porzingis reached unchartered territory when it comes to NBA rookie after his 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal performance against the Eastern Conference leaders.

Those figures saw the Latvian become the first rookie in league history to have over 1000 points, 500 boards, 100 blocks and 75-or-more made three-pointers in their debut season.

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The achievement, which effectively runs back to 1979 rather than the NBA's inception since that is when the three-point line was introduced, is evidence of Porzingis' all round game and is testament to how quickly he has settled into the league.

Few were expecting the European star to adapt so quickly to life in the NBA, with many predicting back on draft night that Porzingis wouldn't be ready to contribute for the Knicks for a couple of seasons.

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Instead, the 20-year-old has been one of the few bright points in another disappointing campaign for the Big Apple franchise.

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Averaging 14.2 points and 7.3 rebounds in 28 minutes per game this season, Porzingis certainly looks like a player in which the Knicks can build around for years to come.

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With his hands already on one piece of NBA history, fans of the franchise will be hoping the youngster can finish his rookie year off in style over the final few weeks of the campaign.

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New York Knicks
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
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Kristaps Porzingis
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