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Dallas Mavericks: How the Mavs are unlocking Kristaps Porzingis

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 Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Way Dallas Mavericks are unlocking Kristaps Porzingis: 4. Movement off the ball

Porzingis has been more active when he does not have the ball. Early in the season, the Unicorn would often just spot up and wait for a pass when others are initiating the offense. On Friday night against the Raptors, KP flew around a screen to create an open jumper that he did not convert.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/05/14/0022001057/42/cd88adf3-7a92-1b46-ec9e-9db907b0f34f_1280x720.mp4

That looked more like J.J. Redick than Kristaps Porzingis. His activity is leading to open shots.

Porzingis is cutting more and creating easy scores off those actions. Tim Hardaway Jr. drove against the Raptors only to dish it to KP for monstrous jam.

The 7’3 big man is attacking and looking for better shots too. He is not just firing threes. If the defense closes out hard, Porzingis is putting the ball on the floor and creating an open look. He did it numerous times against the Raptors on May 14. See an example below.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/05/14/0022001057/81/255108ac-01d0-e130-0065-ad3cbca87634_1280x720.mp4

In his first game back, Porzingis covered 393.5 feet per minute on the floor. For the season that number stands at 355.7 feet. The Unicorn has been more active in the last two games. It is leading to additional open looks and an even more dangerous Kristaps Porzingis.

Next: No. 3

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