The Dallas Mavericks underwent some modifications this offseason, one among which was firing former head coach Rick Carlisle and bringing in Jason Kidd as his substitute. These modifications will result in main modifications on court docket, with one of many largest revolving across the function of Kristaps Porzingis.
On Monday, Kidd instructed media members that he anticipates Porzingis to start out at energy ahead and never middle this season.
Kidd mentioned the transition is to assist Porzingis “be a basketball participant” and never only a spot-up shooter from three. He additionally hopes for Porzingis to broaden his offensive function in 2021-22 by placing the ball on the ground extra and taking extra midrange bounce pictures.
This will likely be a change for Porzingis, who has primarily operated as a middle all through his NBA profession. Nonetheless, a swap to the ahead place could deliver again the efficiency he seemingly lacked final yr (primarily as a result of damage).
Popularly dubbed “The Unicorn” for his distinctive mixture of dimension and ability, Porzingis has performed in 5 seasons within the NBA after being drafted fourth general by the New York Knicks in 2015.
In 286 profession video games, Porzingis has averaged 18.7 factors, 7.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per sport.
The Mavericks will want an improved efficiency from Porzingis to take the subsequent step ahead as a franchise, as final yr’s group couldn’t get out of the primary spherical of the NBA Playoffs, dropping in six video games to the Los Angeles Clippers.