The Dallas Mavericks are still figuring out how to maximize Kristaps Porzingis. New head coach Jason Kidd has given him more freedom in the offense, and the Unicorn is repaying that faith with stellar production. Dallas needs KP to be their second star, but injuries have been an issue.
Porzingis missed five games with a back injury early in the season before returning for a 12-game stretch where he averaged 21.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game on 49.5 percent shooting from the field. It looked like the Unicorn was hitting his stride before suffering a knee injury that has cost him the last two games. Can KP stay healthy and be the force the Mavs need?
Porzingis has only played in 15 of the team’s 22 games this season, but there has been a season’s worth of highlights. He has more lateral mobility and athleticism this year coupled with the confidence instilled by coach Kidd, and it is creating some impressive results. Let us take a closer look.
Kristaps Porzingis is putting on a show this season
KP’s best play happened just last week against the Cavaliers where he put the ball on the floor and threw down a poster on Jarrett Allen. That was just one play in nine minutes of highlights Porzingis has already put down this season.
Luka and KP have been playing well together this season, especially when the Unicorn shifts to the five. Dallas needs to explore that pairing more in coach Kidd’s system. Both men need to get healthy and start clicking if the Mavericks want to finish near the top of the Western Conference.
Hopefully, Kristaps Porzingis returns in short order and his knee injury does not impact his mobility. Coach Kidd thinks the Unicorn can be an All-Star this season, but he will need to stay on the court and keep putting up monster numbers. Stay tuned to see how KP and the Dallas Mavericks perform this season.