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Mavericks: Why Kristaps Porzingis transforms Dallas into an elite team

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Why Kristaps Porzingis makes the Dallas Mavericks an elite team: 4. Elite scorers

Dallas has two elite scorers on their roster. That luxury allows them to stagger the minutes of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, so the Mavs always have one of them on the floor. Even with KP playing just 21 minutes, the team went just over two minutes without either star player in the game on Jan. 13.

Coach Carlisle may choose to stagger less when the Mavericks are fully healthy, but it is a massive advantage to have a player that can go get a bucket at any moment when your superstar is resting on the bench. The offense may not flow as beautifully, but the Unicorn can fill it up.

KP attacked the basket off the dribble on Wednesday. See the proof here.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/01/13/0022000164/179/1f6ae0d4-d18a-4d2c-416b-428e57dfa262_1280x720.mp4

That was a positive sign because the Unicorn settled for jumpers to begin last season. He was coming off a lengthy ACL recovery, but Porzingis appears to closer to 100 percent right now.

The Mavs are scary good when they have at least one elite scorer on the floor for all 48 minutes. It is an advantage they did not have with KP on the sidelines.

Next: No. 3

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