The Dallas Mavericks played the first nine games of the 2020-2021 season without Kristaps Porzingis as he recovered from an offseason meniscus repair. Both he and the team looked fantastic in his first game back against the Hornets. The results since have been less than ideal, though.
The Mavs have lost four straight games including being blown out in two consecutive by the Utah Jazz. Porzingis struggled in both contests, but Friday night was the low point. He had 11 points and nine rebounds as he dealt with foul trouble the entire game. KP was four of 14 from the field, and the Mavericks were outscored by 18 points during his 24.5 minutes on the floor.
Should Mavs fans be worried about Kristaps Porzingis? He is averaging 18.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks through nine games. Those are solid numbers, but a disappointment for KP. He has not found his jumper, and his defense has been an issue. Let us take a closer look at his struggles before determining if supporters should be worrying.
Kristaps Porzingis is off to a slow start: Should Dallas Mavericks fans be worried?
Porzingis earned his nickname “The Unicorn” because of his unique skill set. The 7’3 big man can protect the rim, score inside, and shoot it from long range. Through his first nine games this season, fans have seen him struggle in some of those areas.
Let us take a closer look at KP’s play to determine if fans should be worried moving forward.