Bold prediction for 2021-2022 Dallas Mavericks: 2. KP is an All-Star again
Is it bold to say a 26-year-old former All-Star earns a place in the game this year? Not until fans consider that Kristaps Porzingis finished 13th in the Western Conference frontcourt voting last season behind Carmelo Anthony, Christian Wood, and Andrew Wiggins. KP struggled to return from offseason meniscus surgery and just never looked fully healthy.
He has transformed this offseason. It gave him time to get his body right, and the role has him excited about the upcoming campaign. Coach Kidd wants KP mixing in post-ups and playing his game. The results so far this preseason have been a locked-in Unicorn that competes hard on both ends of the floor.
The Mavs need Porzingis to be better on defense if they are going to accomplish their goals this season. He struggled to protect the rim and make plays last season, but the scheme changed coupled with increased mobility has KP looking like he will produce a monster year on both ends of the floor.
Kidd has talked about helping Porzingis become an All-Star again, and the Hall of Fame point guard does just that. KP averages 22 points, nine rebounds, two assists, and two blocks per game on his way to his first All-Star appearance since 2018. The Unicorn produces the monster numbers and stays healthy on his way to Cleveland in February.