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Mavericks: 5 storylines to follow in the 2021-2022 season

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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis
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Dallas Mavericks storyline to follow this season: 3. KP’s health and new role

Kristaps Porzingis averaged just 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks against the LA Clippers in the playoffs last season. He was relegated to a spot-up role as the Mavericks were eliminated in the first round.

Porzingis said all the right things but he was clearly frustrated. The 26-year-old former All-Star is in the middle of his prime and being used as an afterthought in the postseason.

New head coach Jason Kidd is changing KP’s role and giving him more freedom. Fans will see Porzingis posting up more this season and attacking from anywhere on the court, and the Unicorn is excited about the switch.

Kristaps Porzingis never looked healthy last season after recovering from offseason meniscus surgery. He had time to get his body right this summer and played fantastic in the preseason. Can KP stay healthy and become an All-Star for the second time in his career?

Coach Kidd has talked about helping Porzingis reach those heights, and if he can, the Mavericks will be a contender in the Western Conference. Fans should be watching Kristaps Porzingis closely all season long. If he is healthy and producing, no team will be looking forward to facing the Dallas Mavericks.