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Kristaps Porzingis proves why he is the Mavericks most important player

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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Dallas Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis is improving his playmaking

KP is showing off another new wrinkle in his game this season. Fans know the Mavericks are light on ball-handling and playmaking behind superstar Luka Doncic. The team relies on the 22-year-old to carry a massive workload, and it can impact his performance late in games.

Porzingis taking a small chunk of that burden off Luka by posting up more and creating his own offense. The Unicorn has also increased his playmaking as he is averaging a career-high 2.0 assists per game. It is not an eye-popping number, but KP is finding his teammates more.

Here is a play fans did not see often last year. Porzingis rolls to the rim and kicks back out for an open 3-pointer.

Kristaps Porzingis making reads and creating open shots is a massive boost to the Mavericks' offense. Dallas cannot rely on Luka Doncic to do it all in the postseason. KP making plays on the roll or out of the post could be the difference in a tight playoff series.

Porzingis had three assists against the Utah Jazz on Christmas day. If he can continue that into the postseason, the Dallas Mavericks are going to be a difficult offense to stop.