How Dallas Maverick coach Jason Kidd will unlock Kristaps Porzingis: 3. Moving off the ball
Coming to Dallas was an adjustment for Porzingis. He was out of the New York limelight for the first time in his NBA career, but the biggest change was in how the Unicorn played. Coach Rick Carlisle convinced him to shoot more threes and attack the rim. The mid-range jumpers disappeared as did the post-ups. KP became a lethal spot-up shooter.
The adjustments helped Porzingis improve his shooting efficiency, but that did not maximize his talents. Coach Kidd will be looking to accomplish the second goal.
The first addition from the Hall of Fame point guard will be more movement without the ball. There was a lot of spotting up beyond the arc under Carlisle, but next season there will be more plays like this one.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2017/10/30/0021700094/34/59b4d661-7c5c-4c7f-b970-91ff334a8638_1280x720.mp4
It is a simple play that the Mavericks did not exploit enough last season. Tim Hardaway Jr. screens for KP at the top of the arc and the result is a wide-open dunk. There will also be more actions like this.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2017/12/12/0021700399/381/479c596c-676f-9931-f631-34663add37e5_1280x720.mp4
Kidd is not going to try to turn Kristaps Porzingis into J.J. Redick, but he will have him moving without the ball to create open looks. The Unicorn will both set screens and be freed by them as Dallas looks to get more flow into their offense.
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