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5 things Mavericks fans should be thankful for

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Dirk Nowitzki
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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Thing Dallas Mavericks fans should be thankful for: 4. Resurgence of KP

Kristaps Porzingis has scored over 20 points in seven straight and eight of his nine games since returning from a back injury. During that stretch, he is averaging 23.9 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 blocks on 51.0 percent shooting from the field, 37.7 percent on his threes, and 93.2 percent from the foul line. The Unicorn is officially back.

KP struggled last season. He missed the first nine games of the regular season as he recovered from offseason meniscus surgery, and the 7’3 big man just never looked all the way back. He struggled to protect the rim and to gel with superstar Luka Doncic. Things only got worse as Porzingis was pushed into a smaller role in the playoffs.

New head coach Jason Kidd has given KP more freedom. He is letting him post up and showcase his entire skillset. The results have been a locked-in Unicorn that is still trying to pick his spots. Expect Porzingis to continue improving as he gets more comfortable in Kidd’s system throughout the season.

Fans should be thankful that Kristaps Porzingis is healthy and playing like the second star the Dallas Mavericks need. The best is still yet to come from the Unicorn this season.