The case against Dallas Mavericks trading Kristaps Porzingis
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer did a fantastic video breaking down KP’s struggles and why the Mavericks need to make a move. He noted, “leagues sources have told me that interest in Porzingis is minimal”. Dallas cannot afford to take a step back to trade the 7’3 big man. If they cannot find an upgrade, there is no reason for the Mavs to deal him.
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are a dangerous offensive duo. They had a 118.2 offensive rating with both stars on the floor this season. Doncic and Porzingis were also the most efficient pick and roll combination in the league per Second Spectrum by scoring 1.18 points per direct pick. KP provides important spacing for Luka and the Mavericks’ incredible offense. They will struggle to replace his shooting at the five.
Porzingis turns 26 in August. Has he reached his peak? The injuries may have limited his potential, but most players are just entering their prime at 26. KP was playing the best basketball of his career during the bubble just ten months ago. He could come back healthy and better than ever with a full offseason of work. Fans have seen Porzingis at his peak is a fantastic fit next to Luka Doncic and makes the Dallas Mavericks a dangerous team.
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