Porziņģis named Latvia's Basketballer of the Year

New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis has been named Latvia's Basketballer of the Year, the Latvian Basketball Association told the press Wednesday.

The 7-foot-3 (2.21m) Porzingis averaged 14.3 points and grabbed 7.3 rebounds a game while leading NBA rookies with 1.86 blocked shots a game last season. The fourth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft was the highest-scoring Knicks rookie since Mark Jackson in 1988.

Meanwhile, Anete Steinberga, who played for Russian basketball club Vologda Cevakata and Prague ZVVZ USK last season, has been named Lady Basketballer of the Year.

She averaged 14 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in the FIBA Euroleague for the Prague club last season, and 15.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in the FIBA Eurocup tournament for Cevakata last season.

Steinberga has also become one of the leaders of the Latvian national women's basketball team.

Furthermore, former Latvian national team guard Roberts Stelmahers was named Coach of the Year after leading Valmiera/ORDO to its first ever Latvian league title last season.

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