Major Update on Kristaps Porzingis Springs Dallas Mavericks to Action

Published 09/06/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shoots a three point shot against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The curious case of Kristaps Porzingis continues to become a sort of liability to the Mavericks franchise. Even though his performance on the court is good, the power forward cannot keep himself fit. Constant injuries at key times make himself a risky option for teams in the NBA. With Doncic playing incredibly well, Porzingis makes a good number two but has trouble with injuries. Thus, the Dallas Mavericks are rumored to be looking to trade him off from the franchise.

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By teaming up with Luka Doncic, Porzingis provides that star quality on the court. However, his struggle with injuries is unreal.

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Kristaps Porzingis was on fire with the Knicks

Considered a top prospect, he displayed his incredible offensive threat on the floor with the New York Knicks. The 7’3″ Latvian proved to be a handful for opposing defenses because of his lanky frame and smooth handling, for someone his size.

Having won a ticket to become the NBA All-Star in 2018, the sky was the limit for this talented player. But, injuries derailed his career. He missed the whole of the 2018-19 season with an ACL injury. But he moved on from Knicks to relish a new challenge with Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks.

Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the first half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the first season with Dallas, he played 57 games for the franchise scoring 20.4 points while averaging 2 blocks per game. Pretty decent numbers. Even though he couldn’t play the entire season, he was a dangerous threat for the Mavs in pushing for the championship. With Doncic coming in big, the duo was killing teams inside the paint, as well as, from beyond the arc. Likewise, his first three games in the playoffs against the Clippers were brilliant but injuries kept him aside, once again.

Clippers won the series 4-2.

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Injuries creep in for the big power forward

Entering the second season as a Mavericks player, Kristaps averaged 20.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. Despite averaging similar points per game, he missed a latter part of the season with injuries, yet again. By playing 43 games, it became another disappointing regular season marred by injuries. His career never took on from there as the playoff series against the Clippers may prove to be the final nail in his coffin.

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Jan 25, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) shiits as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (4) defends during the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Doncic’s performances were not enough as the team lost 4-3 to the Clippers.

After all these injury troubles, the Mavericks are looking to trade him off. Despite the talk of Jason Kidd wanting to look at him, it is better for the player and the franchise to part ways in what could have been an incredible duo at Dallas. There are talks of Toronto Raptors being interested are out in the open. But where will he finally land?

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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