Mavericks: Luka Doncic sixth in NBA ranks: Kristaps Porzingis snubbed

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic sixth in NBA’s bubble ranks: Kristaps Porzingis misses cut

The Dallas Mavericks are preparing for the season’s restart in Orlando. They are going to go as far as Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis take them. The Mavs have a playoff spot all but locked up. Their run in the postseason will be determined by the play of their two stars.

Both men look locked in already. Fans have seen videos of both player’s drill jumpers in Orlando. Doncic has taken it one step further by showing off his trick shot game. See his incredible half-court make here.

NBA.com put out their rankings of the 22 best players in the season’s restart on Friday. It was 22 because that is how many teams are taking part in Orlando. Let us take a look at where Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis fell in their list.

Read: Why Luka Doncic will be the best player during NBA Disney

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is sixth in NBA ranks: Kristaps Porzingis snubbed

Doncic vaulted to sixth in their rankings. I’d argue it was slightly too low. Luka is a top-five player in the NBA right now. He has a chance to improve his stock in Orlando too. A deep playoff run by the Mavericks could have everyone viewing Doncic in the same breath as Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, and Kawhi Leonard.

Porzingis was surprisingly left off the list, but Zion Williamson grabbed the final spot. The Pelicans rookie has only played 19 games because of injuries. He is a tremendous offensive talent, but rates as a poor defender. Saying he is better than KP right now is a stretch given the Unicorn’s ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor.

Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will both be looking to move up in these rankings during NBA Disney. Both players performing at their per-hiatus level coupled with a deep playoff run could change plenty of expert’s tunes about the Dallas Mavericks. Stay tuned for what should be a fun ride in Orlando.

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