All about Wizards big man Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis

Kristaps Porzingis became the latest former All-Star to get traded to the Wizards after the Mavericks swapped him for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans at the 2022 NBA trade deadline. 

Now in Washington, Porzingis will look to re-establish himself as a franchise cornerstone following an injury-riddled end to his tenure with the Knicks and an underwhelming stint with the Mavericks. 

Kristaps Porzingis' bio

  • Height: 7-foot-3  
  • Weight: 240 lbs 
  • Birthdate: August 2, 1995
  • College: N/A
  • NBA experience: 8 seasons (2015 - Present)
  • Jersey Number: No. 6

Kristaps Porzingis' career NBA stats

Through his first 8 seasons in the NBA, here are Kristaps Porzingis' complete career averages to date (June 9, 2022):

  • 347 games, 30.8 minutes per game
  • 18.9 PPG, 1.6 APG, 7.9 RPG, 0.7 SPG, 1.9 BPG
  • 44.4% FG, 35.3% 3P, 82.1% FT


  • 10 games, 32.7 minutes per game
  • 16.3 PPG, 1.1 APG, 6.4 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 0.8 BPG
  • 49.1% FG, 38.6% 3P, 85.7% FT

Kristaps Porzingis' contract details

Porzingis is in the fourth season of a five-year, $158 million contract he signed with the Mavericks in 2019. His salary is $33.8 million for 2022-23 and he has a player option worth $36 million for the 2023-24 season. 

What did the Wizards trade for Kristaps Porzingis?

The Mavericks and Wizards agreed to a three-player trade before the 2022 NBA trade deadline. The Mavericks sent Kristaps Porzingis to the Wizards in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans. 

What was Kristaps Porzingis' injury?

Porzingis has battled injuries throughout his career, but the most serious of his ailments came when he tore his ACL in February 2018. He would go on to miss the final few months of the 2017-18 campaign and all of the 2018-19 season. 

The Knicks then opted to trade him to Dallas during the 2018-19 season alongside Trey Burke, Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. in exchange for DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr., and two future first-round picks.

Why Kristaps Porzingis' nickname is "Unicorn"

After Kristaps Porzingis took the NBA by storm as a rookie, showcasing a rare combination of guard skills at 7-foot-3, Kevin Durant dubbed the big man, the "Unicorn" as a way to describe just how rare of a player Porzingis was.


At first, Porzingis didn't like the nickname but it's since grown on him to the point where he embraces the way it describes his play style.