Good thing the name Kristaps Porzingis is fun to say because the New York Knicks rookie is here to stay. That’s the opinion of Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki, who might see a little bit of himself in the young Latvian player.

“He is long. He is athletic. He is tough. He’s got a touch. He can put it on the floor. He is for real,” Nowitzki told ESPN’s Marc Stein. “Sky’s the limit.”

That’s an extremely high compliment coming from Nowitzki, aka “German Moses,” whose 18-season career has culminated in 14 NBA playoff appearances and one championship. In the 37-year-old’s rookie season with the Mavs, he averaged 14.5 points with shooting averages of 40.5 percent in the paint and 20.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Porzingis, who has played just 12 games in his entire NBA career so far, is not that far off from those numbers. The 20-year-old is averaging 12.8 points per game on 40.7 percent shooting, 26.5 percent from three-point range.

As Mavs fans will know, Nowitzki has only improved since his rookie season and his stats this year are downright fantastic. In 11 games, Nowitzkiis  averaging 18.5 points per game with shooting percentages of 52.1 percent in the paint and 50 percent from beyond the arc — his best numbers ever.

If the “sky’s the limit” for Porzingis, then Knicks fans have a lot to look forward to.

Already Porzingis has shown moments of greatness, turning the New York fans who booed him at the beginning of the season thinking he was a waste of a high draft pick (Porzingis was selected fourth overall) into bona fide fans.

One fan was so excited about the Latvian’s contributions to the team that he made a “Star Wars”-themed tribute to him.

With continued accolades pouring down, it’s no wonder that Madison Square Garden now rings out with “Por-zing-gis!” chants. That’s really no surprise though. Latvian Moses’s impressive dunks certainly seem worthy of the kudos.

(H/t: CBS Sports)