“He plays a lot more defense than I ever have, I’ll tell you that,’’ Nowitzki said of Porzingis, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
“He’s amazing because he’s got great timing with the long arms on the shot blocks coming out of nowhere. Offensively, he shoots it so easily from deep. He’s scary. He’s added more off-the-dribble now, more turnarounds in the post. He’s going to be a walking mismatch for a long time.”
Nowitzki also marveled about the development of the young player.
“He’s way ahead of the curve. My first year I was struggling straight out of Germany and he had that great rookie year. If he stays injury-free, working like that — and I know he will — the sky’s going to be the limit.’’
Nowitzki, who faces Porzingis in Dallas in one week, had worse scoring averages than Porzingis in each of his first three years. In his third season, Porzingis is now averaging 24.5 while Nowitzki averaged 21.8 points
Nowitzki and Porzingis met for the first time up in Africa during the NBA’s promotional game in August of 2017.
“It was the first time I met him — I’ve met him but I didn’t have time to talk,’’ Nowitzki said. “But we had some drill stations together. He had a few questions about what I see. … He’s a good kid, hard worker — 7-3 with that wingspan and the shot. The sky’s the limit for the kid. He’s going to be great for a long, long time.’