The Dallas Mavericks realized the Kristaps Porzingis experiment was not working last year. General manager Nico Harrison did not trade for KP, so he could approach it with a fresh perspective, and he decided the best move was to move the Unicorn at the deadline for a ball-handler that fit better around superstar Luka Doncic. The Mavs got close to a deal with the Raptors before finding a trade with the Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans.
Dinwiddie thrived in Dallas playing next to Luka, and the Mavericks won their first playoff series since 2011 before reaching the conference finals. Porzingis wanted post-touches. He was clogging up the lane for Luka to attack, so the trade allowed the Mavs to play smaller with a more switchable defense.
KP was never the second star the Mavericks envisioned when they traded for him in 2019. He struggled to stay healthy and was just never the seamless fit Dallas thought as a floor-spacing big man. He was close inside the bubble, but a knee injury ended his season just three games into their first-round series against the Clippers. Porzingis is set to take on the Mavericks on Thursday night, and ahead of the matchup, he shared what makes Luka special.
Kristaps Porzingis on what makes former Dallas Mavericks teammate Luka Doncic special
It will be an interesting matchup on Nov. 10. The Wizards will be rocking their cherry blossom uniform, but are without superstar Bradley Beal because of the health and safety protocols. Dallas is on the second night of a back-to-back and coming off a bad loss to the Magic. Who takes advantage on Thursday night?
Kristaps Porzingis offered some massive props for Luka ahead of the matchup. See his quote below courtesy of Chase Hughes.
"He's just the complete package of a player. He makes it look so easy to where you're like why aren't other guys doing this? But that's why he's Luka, that's why he's special."
Luka has taken his game to another level this season. He started with nine straight 30-point games to open the year, and he currently leads the league in scoring. Doncic has improved his defense too, and he is fifth in steals per game after ten contests.
How will Luka Doncic impact the game in Washington? How many times will he try to get his former teammate Kristaps Porzingis switched on to him during the game? Can Luka start a new scoring streak? There are plenty of storylines to follow as the two battle on Thursday night, so do not miss it.