What has changed in the two years since Dallas Mavericks acquired Kristaps Porzingis?
The Mavs had not made the playoffs since 2016 when they acquired Kristaps Porzingis, but it was clear they had found their star player. Luka Doncic was only halfway through his rookie season, but the teenager was consistently putting up historic numbers. KP gave the Mavericks a second star to build the team around, and Dallas broke their playoff drought in his first season with the team.
The Knicks waived Wesley Matthews a week after the trade. DeAndre Jordan walked in free agency after the season, and Dennis Smith Jr. has been out of the rotation for the majority of his time in New York. They have the Mavericks first-round picks unprotected in 2021 and top-ten protected in 2023, but both selections figure to fall in the teens at best.
New York failed to add a superstar in free agency in 2019. They opted for short-term deals with lesser players and finished with 21 wins last season.
It has not just been Kristaps Porzingis that produced for the Mavericks. All four players they acquired had moments in Dallas. Tim Hardaway Jr. was their third-leading scorer last season and has been outstanding with the Mavs.
Let us take a look at how the trade grades out after two years.
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