To free Kristaps Porzingis, Dwight Powell will be the starting point | NBA


Helping Kristaps Porzingis use all the strings of his bow: This is arguably Jason Kidd’s first goal this season, and the new Dallas manager has set his major five to achieve it.

“I spoke with some players about their position. Today, we discussed the incumbents, we reflected and Dwight Powell is the one we chose. So he is our starting pivot for training camp ”, explains the coach. “It may change but by talking to the players, we start with Dwight as the starting pivot. « 

The rest of the major five should logically be made up of Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr, Luka Doncic and Dorian Finney-Smith. This means that Kristaps Porzingis, who was rather pivotal last season, finds a role of strong winger, even if Jason Kidd explains that everything is fluid, especially during meetings.

“I was given the opportunity to test different combinations and to be versatile. With KP in position 5, we will be able to play with four little ones, even if I don’t know if we can say that Luka is small. But we can in any case set up an outward-facing team. We can have a more defensive face. You can associate KP with a lot of guys, which will be nice. We will try to see how these combinations work. « 

« I want him to be what he is, a basketball player, and not be limited to 3-point shots or shots from the corner. »

Starting Dwight Powell will undoubtedly allow Kristaps Porzingis to be less under pressure defensively, while Jason Kidd intends to involve him as much as possible in Dallas’ offensive play.

“I’m going to be able to play low post more and use these situations. I was used a lot to dismiss the game and shoot 3-pointers (with Rick Carlisle) but it’s not my whole game. I have more strings to my bow but I also learned a lot. I have adjusted my game and expect to be used in the best way. « 

The Latvian is all the same well aware that he cannot either “camp” low post, under penalty of concentrating the defense and thus putting in difficulty his exteriors, like Luka Doncic and Tim Hardaway Jr. But he will do more things. than simply waiting for his Slovenian teammate to bring out the 3-point balls to him.

« The easiest way to say it is I want KP to be a basketball player », concludes Jason Kidd. “We do not limit it to the level of 3-point shots. You have to be able to go to the circle, to shoot halfway, to dribble. I want him to be what he is, a basketball player, and not be limited to 3-point shots or shots from the corner. It’s a weapon and it shoots too well not to be used at mid-range. « 

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