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Dallas Mavericks: Why Kristaps Porzingis’ trade value is so hard to tab

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Every team would love to have a healthy Kristaps Porzingis including the Dallas Mavericks

Porzingis is a player with tantalizing potential. The 7’3 big man can space the floor, protect the rim, and score at an elite rate. He earned his nickname of the Unicorn because there is no player in the world at his height that can do what KP does on the basketball court.

Mavs fans saw a healthy Kristaps Porzingis during last season’s restart. He averaged 30.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks during the seeding games on incredible shooting efficiency. KP helped the Mavs top the Clippers in game two of their first-round playoff series with 23 points and seven rebounds. He kept the Mavericks in the next game by dropping 34 and 13 as Luka Doncic missed the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Dallas had the Clippers on the ropes with a healthy Porzingis, but a torn meniscus sidelined him for the remainder of the series.

It is the story of KP’s NBA career in some ways. He shows flashes of brilliance before missing time with an injury. His All-Star season in 2018 ended in February with a torn ACL. Porzingis also missed the final five games of his breakout sophomore season in New York.

A healthy Kristaps Porzingis is a top 25 player in the NBA, but he struggles to stay that way.

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