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Watch: Kristaps Porzingis soars in for vicious put-back dunk at EuroBasket

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Kristaps Porzingis has aspirations to become an All-Star with the New York Knicks next season.

The big man will be entering his third year in the league and is seen as the future of the franchise.

He has made a huge impression on the organisation and the entire league since being drafted with the fourth overall pick in 2015.

In his sophomore campaign, he averaged 18.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, whilst shooting 45 percent from the field.

At 22, KP will only continue to get better and has higher levels he can reach.

If his social media accounts are anything to go by, he has been working diligently on his game this summer and he is currently putting it on display for his country.

Porzingis is representing Latvia at the FIBA EuroBasket and put in a brilliant performance as they dismantled Belgium 92-64 for their first win of the tournament.

The Knicks star was easily the best player on the court and he made the highlight play of the game with one of his trademark put-back dunks.

Fans at Madison Square Garden know all about that but it seems the Belgian national team wasn't ready for it and he made them pay with a thunderous slam.

Porzingis ended the game with 27 points on 8-of-16 shooting, with many of his points coming from the free throw line.

He also filled the stat sheet by recording six rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 28 minutes of action in Istanbul.

K-Porzee only made his international debut for Latvia on Friday in a defeat to Serbia where he notched 18 points and four blocks.

But his dominant display against Belgium ensured he was on the winning team on this occasion and helped his country stay in contention to make it out of the group.

Porzingis surprised the Knicks front office by deciding to participate in the EuroBasket despite a knee problem.

He missed the run up to the tournament with a knee bruise but according to Marc Berman of the New York Post, he told him it's “90 to 95 percent” healed.

But his decision appears to be a good one as it's allowing him to improve his game against strong opposition during the NBA offseason.

New York will certainly be in good hands if Porzingis continues to develop at a rapid rate and perfect his weaknesses.

With the Latvian performing the way he currently is, he can certainly take his country far in the competition.

The unicorn and Latvia will be in action again on Tuesday when they take on Russia.

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