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Mavericks: How Jason Kidd will unlock All-Star form of 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: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

How Dallas Maverick coach Jason Kidd will unlock Kristaps Porzingis: 2. Easy buckets

Kristaps Porzingis shot 68.3 percent from within five feet of the basket last season, which was significantly above the league average of 62.0 percent. His 4.3 attempts per game ranked 94th in the league, though. The Mavs did not create enough easy buckets like this one for KP last season.

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Here Luka Doncic drives into the paint and Porzingis cuts from the weak side. Siakam falls asleep and the result is an easy deuce. The Mavericks must find a way to manufacture more easy buckets for KP. He cannot consistently create his own shots, but the Unicorn is a smart and opportunistic scorer. Dallas needs to find ways to get him free near the rim.

Expect coach Jason Kidd to try to get Porzingis open beyond the arc too. The Hall of Famer realizes that KP spacing the floor makes the Mavs an elite offense. He will try to improve the mix of paint attacks and threes. Expect a few more mid-range jumpers from the Unicorn too as Kidd empowers his star player to score and put up massive numbers.

There will be a few new wrinkles added to try to get Kristaps Porzingis free for dunks.

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