Mavericks: 5 players for Kristaps Porzingis to study during the hiatus
4. Anthony Davis
Looking at your contemporaries is always important too. Everyone can agree that a different brand of basketball is played now than it was in the 1990s or 1980s. There is a massive emphasis on 3-pointers. Michael Jordan, the GOAT, never attempted more 3.6 threes per game in a season. Porzingis took over seven a night this year.
The current big man that KP should model parts his game after is Anthony Davis. AD is one of the best defenders and shot blockers in the NBA. Porzingis swats two shots per game but is not quite on Davis’ level especially in one-on-one situations.
AD also has an advantage in passing and playmaking. Porzingis making a step forward in finding open teammates could help the Mavericks have the best offense in the league every season. Taking just a bit of pressure off Luka could do wonders for creating open looks.
Porzingis could also learn from a way Davis changed his game this season. Davis went from the top option on the Pelicans to the number two behind LeBron James on the Lakers. KP did the same moving from New York to Dallas with Luka.
For his last three seasons in New Orleans, AD shot 7.9 percent of his threes from the corner. This year that bumped up to 17.5 percent. Porzingis number actually dropped to 3.3 percent from 5.3 percent in his All-Star campaign. More corner 3-pointers means a higher percentage of makes.
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