Knicks' Jackson reveals plans for Kristaps Porzingis in rookie season

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The New York Knicks surprised a lot of people, including their own fans, with their decision to select European prospect Kristaps Porzingis with the prized fourth overall pick of the 2015 draft.

Surprise choice

Analysts at the time suggested the Latvian wouldn't be ready for the NBA for at least a season due to his lack of physical presence or experience in the American game.

Clearly that isn't the thought process of Knicks president Phil Jackson though who, as revealed in the latest instalment of ESPN's 2014-15 conversations with the legendary figure, has already identified how he wants the young forward to be used in his debut campaign.


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"It's entirely up to [head coach Derek Fisher], but it would be great if KP (Kristaps Porzingis) could get as much as 20 minutes a game early in the season, plus maybe a few more later when he's acclimated to the NBA game," Johnson explained.

Even with his impressive performances in the recent Summer League, Porzingis' slight frame had people seeing him as a longer-term project rather than a man capable of making significant contributions from the outset in the imposing NBA.

Immediate impact

Jackson though, citing the European's speed and shooting ability as well as his belief the player will add "at least 10 pounds of muscle" before the 2015-16 season begins, is hoping to see an immediate impact from Porzingis.

Initially booed by his own fans on Draft night back in May, Kristaps Porzingis has already begun to win them over with some impressive summer displays.

And by the sounds of it, and if Fisher allows it, the youngster will get more than his fair share of opportunities to build his reputation in a rookie season that is quickly developing into a much watch event.

Knicks fans: Should New York rush Porzingis into the team, or are you happy to wait a year and build for the future? Have your say in the comments below...

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