1. Kristaps Porzingis
Can Porzingis anchor a championship contender? The 7’3 big man broke out in New York, including making an All-Star appearance, but the Knicks never reached the playoffs. Dallas traded for KP to be Luka Doncic’s co-star, but the Mavericks suffered two first-round postseason exits with him on their roster. It was not until they traded the Unicorn that Dallas advanced to the conference finals. The Wizards failed to qualify for the postseason in each of the last two years with him.
Porzingis has a checkered injury history and just ten games of playoff experience after eight years in the NBA but is now expected to be the missing piece on a title contender. Jrue Holiday is an upgrade over Marcus Smart and KP is better than Robert Williams III, but is that enough? Can the Unicorn finally prove his skill set is capable of being part of a title contender?
If not, the Celtics could quickly move on and look for an upgrade. They still have draft capital to trade and are all-in on winning their 18th championship. Kristaps Porzingis just turned 28 and is in his prime. It is now or never for the Unicorn.
The Boston Celtics are among the title favorites entering the regular season, but will it all come together? There promises to be excitement, and fans won’t want to miss it, so please enjoy the ride.