Dallas Mavericks won the Kristaps Porzingis trade
Doncic and Porzingis Chemistry
A lot has been made about how well Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis co-exist on the court together. Some point to stretches where the team has struggled to get Porzingis involved in the offense. Others are quick to highlight Porzingis’ jump in production when Doncic is unable to suit up. The Unicorn averages 21.3 points and 9.5 rebounds per game without Luka.
Here is something to think about, though. Luka and Kristaps have only played together in 33 of a possible 55 games so far. The Mavs are 21-12 in those games which is a 52.2 win pace over a full season. In games they have not played together, the Mavericks are 12-10 which is a 44.7 win pace.
Since Dec. 16, Luka and KP have only appeared in nine out of a possible 30 games together. The team went only 16-14 over that stretch. It’s plain to see that the team is significantly better with their two best players on the court together.
As to the on-court chemistry concerns.
One, these things are overblown in general. The winning illustrates this.
Two, they have still only played 33 games together. Two stars sharing the court together will almost always take time to gel.
Three, Most of the games they played with each other were early in the season. Porzingis was coming off of a major injury that left him sidelined from organized basketball for 20 months. He and Coach Carlisle were still nailing down what his exact role on offense would be.
In conclusion, don’t worry your pretty little heads about it.
Next: Can KP stay healthy?