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Who the Heck is Kristaps Porzingis?

A future Boston Celtic, if Chad Ford's latest mock draft is to be believed. Ford projects the Celtics to use the No. 17 pick in the June 26 draft to select Porzingis, a 7-footer out of Latvia.

From Ford:

I'd be lying if I said I knew a lot about Porzingis. He's an 18-year-old power forward currently playing in Spain for Cajasol Sevilla. DraftExpress.com has Porzingis 15th on its big board.

Below is a FIBA profile for Porzingis, whom Ford describes as a high-upside player who is still a "couple of years away."

My friend Kevin O'Connor, who writes for CelticsBlog, is releasing his own NBA Draft guide on Thursday. Here's his take on Porzingis:

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In case you can't see the image and can't wait for the draft guide Thursday, O'Connor lists several pluses and minuses for Porzingis:

PLUS:

-- Athletic, long wingspan
-- Star potential as a rim protector
-- "Absolutely a menace in transition"

MINUS

-- Lacks a post game
-- Gets pushed around by stronger guys (he's 220 pounds!)
-- Must improve perimeter defense

Porzingi's body type has O'Connor comparing him to a young, skinny Joakim Noah.

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