Kristaps Porzingis
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Kristaps Porzingis is going to be a problem running alongside Luka Doncic for the Dallas Mavericks this season.

The Dallas Mavericks have one of the best young duos in the NBA in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The latter is just beginning his career with the Dallas Mavericks and on Wednesday, he started to show glimpses of what made him an All-Star for the New York Knicks in 2017.

The 7-foot-3 Latvian started the game off cold, missing his first four shots of the game. However, he would go on to drain seven of his next 12 attempts to finish his debut with 23 points. Dallas would hold off the lowly Washington Wizards and secure their first win of the season, 108-100.

KP was efficient from beyond the arc (3-for-7) as well as at the charity stripe (6-for-7). His four rebounds and two assists leave something to be desired, but the Mavs knew who Porzingis was before they traded for him.

The aptly named “Unicorn” isn’t going to rack up tons of rebounds or dish out a bunch of assists. What he can do is provide elite scoring from inside and outside. It’s not often that 7-footers are a legitimate threat from deep.


Porzingis is more than just a threat to shoot from anywhere on the floor. He’s capable of shooting the three-point shot at an elite clip this season. With Doncic running pick-and-pop with his European compadre, the sky is the limit for Porzingis and the Mavericks. The pairing combined for 57 points in their first regular-season action together.

The biggest question around Porzingis will always revolve around his long-term health. But if he can stay healthy, he’s going to put up absurd numbers this season.



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