The mere mention of the name Kristaps Porzingis is enough to get New York Knicks fans excited for the future. The Latvian center had a stunning rookie campaign and has continued his improvement through the first 11 outings of his sophomore year.
Last night showed exactly why fans of the Knicks - and NBA followers in general - are so excited to see the continued development of the European as he dropped a career-high 35 points in New York's win over the Detroit Pistons.
Porzingis was vital in securing the Knicks' fifth win of the campaign as he shot 59% from the field, including going 3-7 from three-point territory.
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He also had 7 rebounds and 3 assists in his 40 minutes on the court.
The highlight of his night came on a fast break as he threw down a vicious alley-oop slam dunk that brought the crowd in Madison Square Garden to their feet.
After Stanley Johnson's attempted lay-up was rejected by Kyle O'Quinn, Mindaugas Kuzminskas fed the ball to Brandon Jennings, who immediately launched the ball towards the rim for the on-rushing Porzingis.
However, there was a lot of work to do for the 21-year-old, who managed to take the ball cleanly and throw it down before crashing to floor in a heap.
It certainly pumped up the crowd inside the Garden and his teammates came rushing off the bench in excitement at the throwdown.
It really was a perfect offensive performance from the youngster and his development into a future All-Star is certainly an entertaining watch.