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Mavericks: Was trade deadline anxiety a factor for Kristaps Porzingis?

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

What the numbers say about Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis

KP’s season can be broken down into three segments. He played his first game of the season on Jan. 13. The Unicorn then played in 17 of the next 19 games before a back injury sidelined for three straight. It was at that time that the rumors came out.

From Jan. 13 to Feb. 14, Porzingis averaged 20.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 30.0 minutes per game. He shot 47.3 percent from the field, 35.2 percent on his threes, and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Breaking up the games from Feb. 27 to the March 25 trade deadline, KP averaged 19.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in 30.9 minutes per game. The 25-year-old shot 49.3 percent from the field, 39.7 percent on his threes, and 84.4 percent from the charity stripe.

In the 11 he has played since the deadline, Porzingis has put up 21.5 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 34.3 minutes per game. He shot 45.6 percent from the field, 34.2 percent on his threes, and 84.6 percent on his free throws.

The Unicorn’s numbers have increased since the trade deadline, but his percentages have dipped. He was still working his way back in the first set of stats, so the second set being similar was not a positive sign. KP took fewer shots during the middle stretch. Perhaps anxiety from the trade rumors did impact him. Regardless, the best is still yet to come from Kristaps Porzingis this season.

Next: KP's change

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