Why Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis unstoppable in NBA Orlando: 4. Attacking the rim
Porzingis’ improved production ran parallel to Dwight Powell’s season-ending Achilles injury. It forced coach Carlisle to play the Unicorn more at the five. That gave him more opportunities to be Luka Doncic’s primary roll man while still firing threes and spacing the floor.
Over his final 15 games, KP took 60 shots within five feet of the rim and connected on 63.3 percent of them. He attempted 121 in his first 36 contests and hit them at 67.2 percent. That increase to four per game is significant. There is room for Porzingis to shoot better meaning potentially scoring over the 25 per game he did during his final 15 game stretch.
Porzingis shot 36.4 percent from 3-point range over that run. It improved him to 34.9 percent on the season. His ability to attack inside as a roll man further opens up the floor for him to connect from long distance.
Expect the Mavericks to find that perfect balance for KP after training camp 2.0. His ability to attack the rim and space the floor will make him nearly impossible to guard when the NBA resumes in Orlando.
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