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Mavericks: 3 players primed for a career year in 2021-2022

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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Dallas Mavericks player primed for career year: 2. Kristaps Porzingis

Porzingis struggled in the 2021 playoffs as he was relegated to an ancillary role in the Mavs offense after he missed the early part of the regular season recovering from offseason knee surgery and just never looked right on the defensive end of the floor. It was a disappointing year that left many fans wanting the Mavericks to trade KP.

The Unicorn enters the 2021-2022 season reinvigorated. New head coach Jason Kidd plans to give him more freedom on the offensive end of the floor, and Porzingis is excited about showcasing his skill set.

The Mavs need more from KP if they are going to jump into title contention. He must be the second star they traded for back in 2019, and Kidd plans to help Porzingis regain his All-Star form. The 7’3 big man is coming off a healthy offseason, is motivated by the doubters, and believes he is playing his best role, which sounds like a recipe for a career year.

The Dallas Mavericks want to see Kristaps Porzingis protecting the rim, scoring 20-plus a night, and shooting efficiently. Will he be able to return to his All-Star numbers under the new coaching staff? Fans should be excited to find out.