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Dallas Mavericks: How close are they to playoffs with Kristaps Porzingis?

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The Dallas Mavericks traded for All-Star Kristaps Porzingis at the deadline. He should give the Mavericks a fantastic shot at returning to the playoffs.

The Dallas Mavericks have completely fallen out of the conversation for the playoffs this year, but Mavs fans everywhere don’t seem to mind. Losing games at a dangerous pace down the stretch like an afterthought. They are focused on next season because it could be the beginning of something special.

The Mavericks have a 23-year-old Latvian sitting at the end of the bench ready to play. A “unicorn,” who is going to team up with “Wonderboy,” and create a young pairing that could be around for years. Kristaps Porzingis has been ruled out this season as he recovers from a torn ACL. Fans are in for a special season next year, though. We will finally get to see the young pairing on the court together.

Mavs supporters know who Luka Doncic is and how incredible he plays. Doncic should be the Rookie of the Year and it isn’t close. He is leading all rookies in points, minutes, and  3-pointers made. Luka is also the only rookie averaging over 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game. His first campaign is likely to go down as historic.

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But what do the Dallas Mavericks have in this 7’3 Latvian? Will Porzingis fit well with Luka and help the Mavs win games? Are the Mavericks going to be good enough to make the playoffs in Kristaps Porzingis’ first season with the team?