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Willie Cauley-Stein on Kristaps Porzingis: ‘I have the same body size, the same skill-level’

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks defends against Willie Cauley-Stein #00 of the Sacramento Kings in the first half during their game at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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What’s the difference between Kristaps Porzingis (No. 4 pick by Knicks in 2015) and Willie Cauley-Stein (No. 6 pick by Kings in 2015) now?

Cauley-Stein, via Howie Kussoy of the New York Post:

“I think I just gotta get more selfish,” said Cauley-Stein, who hit 2-of-6 shots, and is averaging 8.9 points this season. “Offensively, I gotta get to the point that I’m just going at dudes like him. Guarding him, and then watching his game, you take away, oh, this is what he’s doing. I have the same body size, the same skill-level, just transfer it over to a game now. But being behind in the race, he’s been doing it for a while.”
“This league’s all about situations,” Cauley-Stein said. “I went to a situation where I’m playing behind the best center in the league [DeMarcus Cousins], or I could’ve gone to somewhere where they don’t have a guy, and now you’re the guy, and you’re getting all the touches. That helps a lot.

This is obviously absurd. Cauley-Stein has never made a 3-pointer in the NBA, and his free-throw percentage is 15 points lower than Porzingis’. Cauley-Stein isn’t nearly as skilled as Porzingis, whose sweet shooting and ball-handling have earned him unicorn status.

That said, Cauley-Stein has shown promise in a small sample of long 2s. He’s an adept passer for his size. I’d be shocked if Cauley-Stein ever reaches Porzingis’ level, but it might behoove him and Sacramento (3-9) to increase his role. Cauley-Stein might look closer to Porzingis than expected when they were rookies.