Porziņģis becomes first Latvian to be named NBA All-Star

New York Knicks forward and Latvia's best-known basketball player Kristaps Porziņģis has been named a 2018 NBA All-Star. He will play in the Eastern Conference as reserve, the league said January 24.

The honor marks Porziņģis’ first time but quite possibly not the last appearance as an All-Star. He's also the first-ever Latvian to be named an NBA All-Star. 

In just his third season in the NBA the 22-year old Latvian is averaging a career high 23.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and an NBA best 2.34 blocks over 33.0 minutes. 

Under a new set up for the show game, the leading vote-getters from each conference, i.e. LeBron James and Stephen Curry will pick the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.

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