[sny-editorial userid="keithbschlosser"]Porzingis and Grant failed to break into the top five for any question category as voted on by their peers during the NBA's annual rookie photo shoot at the Knicks' training facility. The youngsters were asked to rank the most athletic players, most likely Rookie of the Year candidates, biggest draft steals, greatest career potential, etc.
While New York's trade/selection of Grant has been praised, it's been that of Porzingis that has gotten the team more attention. There's plenty of upside to his game, but perhaps the fact that he isn't likely to make a major impact this coming season played out of his favor when it came to the survey. Still, plenty of NBA analysts, executives, and scouts alike have noted the big man could turn out to have the greatest career in his rookie class. His peers don't seem to necessarily agree.
Though he was a second-round selection, Cleanthony Early's respective prowess was more recognized among his own peers in last year's survey. He ranked among the top-five vote-getters for most athletic and funniest rookie.
Carmelo Anthony also came in fourth place on last year's survey when ranked among the rookies' favorite players in the NBA. Following his injury-plagued season in which the Knicks suffered a franchise-worst record, he was left off that same list completely this summer.