Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis has struggled this season
The Mavs would not be selling high if they traded Porzingis right now. It has been a slow start for the Unicorn this season, which should come as no surprise. He missed all of training camp and the first nine games of the regular season recovering from offseason surgery.
KP’s surface stats appear fine. He is averaging 20.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks on 47.3 percent shooting from the field (would set a new career-high) and 35.2 percent from 3-point range. The rebounds and blocks are down slightly from last season, but so are the minutes.
The biggest issue has been Porzingis’ defense. When he is on the floor, the opposition is shooting 66.4 percent in the restricted area. If KP were a team, that mark would rank eighth-worst in the NBA. No matter the stat, KP has struggled to protect the rim.
The Mavericks have a defensive rating of 119.5 with Porzingis on the court, according to NBA Stats. Sacramento has the worst overall defensive rating this season at 118.7, meaning Dallas is nearly a full point worse than the team at the bottom of the league with KP on the floor.
No team wants to give up a massive haul for a player that could sink their defense, but that is far from the only thing putting a dent in Porzingis’ trade value.