Kristaps Porzingis was a flawed player that was riddled with injuries including an ACL tear that caused him to miss the entire 2018-19 season.
He had decent handle for a player his size but attempted to take smaller players off the dribble to frequently and would either turn the ball over or settle for awkward off-balance shots and defensively he was too focused and racking up block numbers that he frequently put himself out of position to grab defensive rebounds.
Then he was traded to Dallas and suddenly he’s one of the Top 5 big men in the NBA. Ok.
Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic are the first pair of Mavericks teammates with 30 pts and 10 rebs in the same game since Dirk Nowitzki and Josh Howard in 2008.
Porzingis is also the first player with 30 pts, 10 reb & 5 blk in consecutive games since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000. pic.twitter.com/AQiBIVNw2d
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 5, 2020
On Wednesday night, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis put on a show at home as the Mavericks beat the New Orleans Pelicans 127-123 at home in an overtime thriller. Kristaps scored 34 points with 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Wonderful.
Although Kristaps is only averaging 19.2 points per game this season, he’s recorded 30 points and 10 boards 5 times since January 31st this season. He had hit those numbers only 3 times in his career prior to this stretch. Awesome.
— NBA (@NBA) March 5, 2020
Here are Porzingis’s averages in his last 9 games:
38% 3-point shooting
86% free throw shooting
As a Knicks fan, this hurts.
You can be the best guy in the world and want her to be happy and blah blah but in actuality, no one wants to have a brutal public breakup and then see their ex move to a new city and thrive with their new bae. Like wow, he and Luka have so much better chemistry than we ever had. It’s hard to witness.
Here’s a cute little stat that may or may not make me walk onto the Long Island Expressway:
Dennis Smith Jr has scored 187 points in 34 games this season.
Kristaps Porzingis has scored 227 points in the 9 games he played in February.
It turns out Kristaps is actually good at basketball and the Knicks, once again, are terrible at developing young players. While Kevin Knox continually slips on banana peels every time he steps on a basketball court, Kristaps has figured out how to dominate on both sides of the floor.
If the playoffs were to begin today, the 7th seed Mavericks would be taking on the Los Angeles Clippers in a must-see series in which Luka Doncic and Kristaps would legitimately be able to stand head-to-head with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. This wasn’t supposed to happen.
Kristaps Porzingis is one of the best players in basketball and I hate it.