Thing to watch for in Dallas Mavericks preseason opener vs. Jazz: 1. KP’s role
Both Kristaps Porzingis and new head coach Jason Kidd have talked about the Unicorn’s role changing this season. Kidd has made it clear that he sees KP as a four and a focal point of the offense. Porzingis will not be spotting up in the corner and barely touching the ball as he did in the 2021 playoffs against the LA Clippers.
Kidd is giving KP more freedom on offense too. Former head coach Rick Carlisle wanted Porzingis shooting from 3-point range or at the rim with little in between. The Hall of Famer is bringing back the post-ups and mid-range game from the Unicorn to help him return to his All-Star form.
Dallas Mavericks fans will get their first look at how KP’s role has changed. Expect him to be more involved and get additional touches in the areas he wants. It may be a bit less efficient for the Mavs offense, but keeping Porzingis happy and productive will be beneficial. Supporters should be watching the Unicorn’s defense closely. He must improve on that end of the floor for Dallas to take another leap.
It is just the first preseason game, but Mavericks fans should tune in and enjoy the show because it promises to be exciting.