Dallas Mavericks with everything to prove in the playoffs: 1. Kristaps Porzingis
When the Mavericks traded for Kristaps Porzingis in 2019, it was to acquire the perfect complement to Luka Doncic.
Before injuring his ACL during the 2017-2018 season, Porzingis was selected to his first All-Star game and was even beginning to enter MVP discussions. KP to this point has shown flashes of his pre-injury self, but his tenure with the Mavericks has been riddled with inconsistent play and games missed due to injury.
When the Unicorn is on the floor, he far too often seems disinterested on the defensive end and unhappy with the plays being run and his role on offense. There have also been rumors about his off-the-court relationship with Doncic and many considered him to be available at the trade deadline. To this point, the five-year, $158 million extention given to Porzingis seems like a bad investment.
However, this can all change with his play in the postseason. Even if he can’t regain his former All-Star form, a healthy Kristaps Porzingis would be a plus for the Dallas Mavericks because of his unique skill set. Porzingis needs to use this postseason to show the Mavs that he can not only thrive in his role but that he can be a building block for the future.