from punchline in Playoffs to All-Star level, everything goes too fast in the NBA


During the last Playoffs against the Clippers, he had become the number one target of critics. He had become a real punchline on Twitter, sort of succeeding Paul George who was on the team opposite. This guy is Kristaps Porzingis, a former All-Star that some had already buried. But at the start of the season, KP is responding with the Mavericks. More than that, he looks like a real unicorn again.

Seven consecutive games over 20 points, career record. Average of 26 pawns (53% shooting including more than 40% parking and 94% free throws), 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 against over the period from November 11 to today ‘ hui. No doubt, Kristaps Porzingis is in great shape at the moment. 26 points and 9 rebounds is almost … twice his stats in the first round of the Playoffs against the Clippers a few months ago (13 points, 5.4 rebounds), a series in which KP had somehow become a role player at $ 30 million. And the $ 30 million role players, usually they get expensive critical, especially when you have a Luka Doncic around who is struggling to finally bow. But today, Luka is no longer alone. Absent for three games in a row (between November 17 and 21) because of a knee and ankle injury, Doncic can count on a KP in All-Star mode that reminds us a bit of his Knicks years, he who was decisive in overtime Tuesday against the Clippers precisely. “Honestly, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt this. The last time was probably in New York ” he said after the meeting. KP is smiling, KP is happy, KP is healthy, KP is helping Dallas.

“I’m released and I can play my game. My teammates believe in me, my coaches believe in me. I take pleasure in the field. If you’re not having fun, it’s hard to play and give it your all. I have the impression that this year we are in this type of environment. We play hard for each other and have fun together. « 

– Kristaps Porzingis, via the New York Post

As a result, we don’t hear much about him now. The transfer rumors, the criticisms, it is not too much topicality in Dallas anymore. Obviously, it can start again with a vengeance as soon as KP has a worse shot or will pass through the infirmary box again, but something tells us that his very solid start to the season is not just a flash in the pan. The arrival of Jason Kidd – who replaced Rick Carlisle – does him a lot of good because he finds himself more empowered. Since his arrival in the offseason, Kidd wants to see his group be a little less Luka-dependent and that necessarily goes through a Porzingis more involved in the different sectors of the game, he who is now tenured in position 4 but who is also quite aligned in 5. Luka’s recent injury has also helped this and now that he’s back so maybe we’ll finally see this duo running at full speed over time. Against the Clippers, Doncic finished with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists, with a KP in 30 points, 7 rebounds.

“I’m just playing my game. A few post-ups, a few attacks from the outside, offensive rebounds, energy, blocks. « 

– KP, via mavs.com

If we believe the New York Post, the owner of the Mavs Mark Cuban never considered transferring Kristaps Porzingis during the summer despite the fiasco of the Playoffs and the desires of the latter, more really at his ease in Dallas. Instead, a lot has changed behind the scenes and especially on the bench, and that is KP who seems to benefit the most. With a record ten wins for seven losses, the Mavs still continue to look for themselves but some bases are being built, with a KP which is clearly part of the project. Hope it lasts !

Hit in the back at the start of the season but now in great shape, Kristaps Porzingis wants to continue this big dynamic and thus continue to support Luka as best as possible in order to make the Mavericks a contender in the West. Can it last? There are encouraging signs, but it is the reality on the ground that will speak.

Text source: New York Post, mavs.com



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