The New York Knicks took Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick, surprising many.
The New York Knicks surprisingly drafted Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth pick in the NBA Draft, prompting boos from the Knicks fans in attendance. New Yorkers have a long history of booing their teams, especially against the Jets in the NFL Draft. With one of the worst records last year, they were in line to have their pick of high-caliber athletes to build the future.
Not surprisingly, New York native, Stephen A Smith, took to ESPN to voice his anger over what he believed to be a disappointing, hypocritical pick. He explained that there were several other NBA-ready prospects available, including Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein. Porzingis seems to be touted more as a project with a potentially high upside, but with other more defined players still on the board, the pick was rather surprising. It may take time before Porzingis reaches his full potential, and that is not something a New York fan wants to hear.
See some fan reactions and Stephen A Smith's: