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Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to excel at pick and pop

By Sean Bush
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are set to form the best pick and pop combination in the NBA next season.

For years, Dallas was king of the pick and pop. Well, Dirk Nowitzki was an unstoppable force in this area. It did not matter who was his running mate. Nowitzki’s combination of size, intelligence, and elite shooting ability made the play a staple of the Mavs offense for over a decade. Teams would scramble to defend what seemed borderline impossible to do at times.

It’s only fitting that just as Dirk rides off into retirement, the Mavericks trade for the most gifted outside shooting big man in the NBA. Kristaps Porzingis has looked up to Nowitzki since his youth. Both are Europeans that can shoot the ball and stretch the floor. Porzingis hit 39.5 percent of his 3-pointers during his last NBA season in 2017-2018.

Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis have an opportunity to become among the league’s most deadly offensive duos from opening night next season. Their skill sets complement one another handsomely. It should allow for the two to elevate their individual games to another level.

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That is a scary thought for opposing teams because Porzingis was an All-Star in 2018 and Doncic had arguably the best NBA season ever for a 20-year-old.

Today, we will take a look at how Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis can use the pick and pop to dominate the NBA and make the Dallas Mavericks one of the league’s most entertaining teams next season.

Next: Guarding the pick and pop

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