Kristaps Porzingis has become the New York Knicks' superstar in his three-year stay with the team.

After getting booed by the Knicks fans when the team made him the fourth overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Kristaps Porzingis proved to the fans that the Knicks made the right decision to select him, norming averages of 17.8 points on 43.7 percent field goals in 36 percent from three-point range, 7.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 0.7 steals a game.

His stint with New York was cut short after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

Midway through last season, Porzingis reportedly wanted to be a Knickerbocker no more, leading to his trade to the Dallas Mavericks, setting up a 1-2 punch with fellow European star Luka Doncic.

In his first season back -- as a Maverick -- Porzingis is playing as if he never injured his left knee at all.

Porzingis is currently averaging 18.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 0.2 steals a game.

In fact, in his first game against New York at home, Porzingis dropped 28 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks.

But all roads will now lead to the Madison Square Garden on Thursday night in the final meeting of the season between the Mavericks and the Knicks.

For the first time since the trade, Porzingis is making a return to the arena he once called home.

And for him, he expects emotions filling the MSG.

"It is going to be a lot of emotion, that is for sure. I am excited to play. Playing at the Garden is always fun. It is going to be weird at the same time," Porzingis said after the Mavericks' practice.

Porzingis' homecoming will be seen nationwide as TNT will broadcast the said game.

But with the way New York Knicks has been playing, it seems like the team only got some national television airtime because of him.

The Knicks are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 2-9, and their top officials, president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry, recently called a surprise press conference to say that they are not happy with what's happening right now, hinting that changes could come soon.

Porzingis agrees.

"When things are not going right, there needs to be changes," he added.

Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks is welcomed back after tearing his ACL previously in the season prior to taking on the Dallas Mavericks during their game at Madison Square Garden on March 13, 2018 in New York City. Getty Images/Abbie Parr

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