A lot of people forget that the Dallas Mavericks were the 2nd seed in the Western Conference before the injury bug hit the team.
So I’ve decided to take a look on the blind side of one of the best young duos to watch in the NBA right now but this time, we’ll put a scope on the second man Kristaps Porzingis to analyze how he became a driving force for the Dallas Mavericks.
He is still an all-star caliber player in the NBA but when I talk to people who don’t follow this team they seem to forget that. He left a large market team that gets talked about a lot to join a team that isn’t nearly in the headlines as frequently and took his name out of the media as one of the best young talents in the league. Isn’t it funny how that works?
The injury slowed down the development he most likely would’ve had at this point in time but even though, he still more than capable of being a great No. 2 alongside Luka Doncic.
His quickness and range are unbelievable for his size and his rim protection is something that doesn’t get nearly enough recognition.
In 32 mins of action per game, he’s averaging 19.2 points / 10 rebounds / 1.7 assists / 2.1 blocks / 2.5 threes.
That’s hard to overlook!
And we’re about to find out how he’s doing it.
He is a legitimate match-up nightmare who has the skills and the size to abuse any match-up the defence throws his way, and if you put a traditional big man on him, he has the ability to stay behind the arc and shoot over those players. And if they try to contest the shot, he’s quick enough to blow past them for the finish.
On the other hand, if the defence were to use a smaller and quicker forward to guard him, the coach can simply put him in the post and allow his 7-foot 3 frame to dominate the smaller defenders.
The versatility that Kristaps Porzingis has on offence not only allows him to score from anywhere on the court, but also allows him to create easier shot attempts for his teammates which makes it a win-win situation.
On the defensive side, Porzingis is the perfect anchor.
He has both the size and the quickness to defend against any guards in the pick & roll and he’s a very underrated rim protector. His 2 blocks and 10 rebounds per game are a proof of that.
And remember, Porzingis was still recovering from injury prior to the league suspension, so he had all this time off to get his body in game condition.
It was nice to see him get back on the court and he and Luka together will be fun to watch come playoff time.