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Potential first-round pick Kristaps Porzingis withdraws from 2014 NBA draft

Jun 16, 2014, 2:11 PM EDT

If the 2014 NBA draft is short on anything, it’s 7-footers.

Joel Embiid is the only 7-footer who’s a first-round lock, though Walter Tavares could slide into the late first.

Missing from consideration? Seven-foot forward Kristaps Porzingis.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

In somewhat of a surprise, 7-foot Kristaps Porzingis has pulled out of this month’s NBA draft and will return to Europe for the next year, his agent Andy Miller told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night.

Porzingis is just 18, and he has time to enter the draft in any of the next few years. He’s long, athletic and versatile, but he must add strength. It’s certainly possible he blossoms into a top pick in 2015 – he was projected as a mid-first rounder this year – but the extra season in Europe might just give scouts more time to find his flaws.

Nikola Jokic, a second-round prospect, is also reportedly withdrawing.

Update: Jokic remained in the 2014 draft.

The deadline to withdraw from the draft is 5 p.m. today, but college players have already lost their NCAA eligibility, so the deadline really applies only to international players.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    “Kristaps Porzingis”

    Is that a real name?

    • sumkat - Jun 17, 2014 at 1:22 AM

      Sounds like something you’d buy at a sketchy lunch cart down town at lunch time

  2. dyn0myte - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    “Nikola Jokic, 95, withdraw his name from the draft”

    Personally, I find it hard to imagine a 95 year old being drafted at all…

    • asimonetti88 - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      That’s the year he was born

      • spursareold - Jun 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        Sarcasm detection fail….

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      thought it was funny

  3. 1historian - Jun 16, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Good move by the kid.

  4. mazblast - Jun 17, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    He’s making a mistake. NBA general managers love long, lean European “big men” who can’t handle the inside game in the NBA and will throw millions at them to prove it. They confuse the Euro tall guys’ affinity for hanging out at the 3-point line with being “versatile”.

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