The Dallas Mavericks got their schedule on Aug. 20. It was a chance for fans to get excited about the season and all the entertaining games on tap, but Kristaps Porzingis was at the gym putting in work.
The 7’3 big man entered the offseason healthy for the first time in his NBA career. He suffered a season-ending injury in each of his first five NBA seasons. The Unicorn missed the entire 2018-2019 season recovering from a torn ACL. He was sidelined when the Mavs traded for him. Porzingis staying healthy and returning to his All-Star form is the key to the Mavs continuing their climb up the standing this season.
Porzingis took to Instagram to document his latest workout. Let us take a closer at the post and what it could mean for KP next season.
Dallas Mavericks big man Kristaps Porzingis keeps putting in work
Fans got a glimpse into the Unicorn’s latest lift and shooting session on Aug. 20.
The post was liked by Luka Doncic and owner Mark Cuban commented on it. The Mavericks are excited that KP is healthy and attacking the offseason.
Fans could see the best version of Porzingis in the 2021-2022 season. He played the best basketball of his career inside the Walt Disney World bubble before suffering a season-ending meniscus tear in the 2020 playoffs. The bubble was coming off a nearly five-month hiatus forced by the pandemic. A healthy Unicorn is a dangerous one, and by all accounts, Porzingis is using his offseason to improve his game.
On KP’s Instagram story, he was seen catching and shooting from the elbow. That could be a wrinkle that fans see return to his game under new Mavericks’ head coach Jason Kidd. The Unicorn shot 42.9 percent of his shots from ten feet away from the basket to the 3-point line during his All-Star season in New York. Expect more long twos from Kristaps Porzingis this season.
The Unicorn is a player to watch during training camp. The 26-year-old should be entering his prime. New general manager Nico Harrison and head coach Jason Kidd both made it clear they are excited to work with Porzingis. Fans could see the best version yet this season, so stay tuned.