Thing to watch during Dallas Mavericks training camp: 5. What position is KP playing?
Kristaps Porzingis is the biggest question mark for Dallas heading into the 2021-2022 season because he is coming off a poor postseason performance. KP is reportedly looking forward to the season and a fresh start under new head coach Jason Kidd.
The Hall of Fame point guard wants to help Porzingis recover his All-Star form, but what position does he see the Unicorn playing? The Mavs brought back both of their starting wings from the postseason and added a third in free agency by signing Reggie Bullock, is that enough to shift KP to the five? Kidd spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the Lakers, does he use Porzingis similarly to how Los Angeles plays Anthony Davis? The Mavs have five capable rotation centers behind KP, so they do not lack options.
Kidd is going to have to find significant minutes for Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, and Kristaps Porzingis, so that lineup will have to share the floor for a stretch every night.
How much J-Kidd uses KP at the five is something to watch. It is likely the Unicorn’s most effective position, but can he stay healthy when asked to defend bigger bodies? Fans will have to stay tuned to find out what role Jason Kidd thinks is best for Kristaps Porzingis this season.