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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 Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Why Kristaps Porzingis makes the Dallas Mavericks an elite team: 2. Rebounding

The Mavs had a rebounding issue to begin this season. They were getting dominated on the glass during their 2-4 start. It was one of the main reasons that coach Carlisle changed up the starting five. Dallas is undefeated in four games since making the shift.

Kristaps Porzingis was the team’s best rebounder last season. He averaged 9.5 boards per game as the Mavericks were the fourth-best team in the NBA in that category. KP only grabbed four in his first game back, but the Unicorn will solve their rebounding woes. The 7’3 big man crashes the glass and has no issues pulling down boards.

The Mavs did give up 15 offensive rebounds against the Hornets on Jan. 13. Fans saw it cost Dallas a game inside the bubble as the Rockets grabbed a missed free throw for a putback to send the game to overtime. Dallas needs to secure defensive rebounds and not allow the opposition extra possessions.

Expect that problem to go away once Porzingis gets back to playing his full complement of minutes, but it is something to keep an eye on moving forward.

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