Celtics newcomer Kristaps Porzingis says he has ‘high-level years’ ahead
After another disappointing playoff exit, the Boston Celtics shuffled the deck again.
The Celtics made the big-splash move to acquire former All-Star big man Kristaps Porzingis to beef up their frontcourt. Porzingis opted into the $36 million player option for next season.
Porzingis has voiced plenty of excitement with the next chapter of his career and believes his best basketball lies ahead.
“I think these are the best years for a basketball player,” said Porzingis, who turns 28 in August via ESPN. “You are physically there, and mentally, you are getting to a different level. I think the work paid off for me. I looked at my game, I looked at how I could be more efficient and just really analyzed myself, and it paid off last season, all the work I put in off the court to stay healthy.
“My body is maturing, and getting to that age helped, and I believe I have some great, high-level years ahead of me.”
Porzingis is entering the physical prime of his career, and he’s coming off another productive campaign averaging a career-best 23.2 points along with 8.4 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 65 regular-season games.
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He’s stepping into a situation where he will be playing on a stacked team that has championship expectations. Porzingis will pair up with two of the game’s best young talents in Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown.
The Celtics have the roster that could see them become the clear-cut favorite in the Eastern Conference to compete for an NBA title.