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The Dallas Mavericks began to strengthen their defense around Luka Docic, and strengthened their historic scoring offense this offseason.
However, here, the Mavericks stand ninth in the Western Conference and 27th overall defensively, and the steady decline of Kristaps Porzingis at that end seems to be the foreground now facing The biggest problem.
In fact, according to league sources, Dallas has quietly evaluated the Porzingis trading market because the Mavericks have begun to reassess whether the 25-year-old center can truly support Doncic as a second choice for competitors. A person who knows Dallas’ thinking said: “They kicked everyone on their list. These people are not called Luca.” “You know. [president of basketball operations] Downey [Nelson]; They are always repairing. “
An assistant general manager told B&R: “They must be sniffing around him.” “They are suffering from the temperature because they know the temperature will rise at some point.”
Six months ago, Porzingis was recognized as Dorcic’s ideal running partner. At that time, he averaged 30.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1
His shooting percentage has always been very high, because his three-point shooting percentage is as high as 35.2%, close to his career average.He is fourteen Between centers in PER, But these numbers paint a terrible picture on defense, especially after Dallas defeated the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night, Porzingis sat with a tight waist.Mavericks have one Minus 4.7 His net ratings while sitting on the floor.
In those 509 minutes, Dallas allowed 119.5 points per 100 possessions. This result will make the Mavericks nearly two full points worse than the 30th-ranked Sacramento Kings. When he was not on the court, Dallas’ defense soared to a st-weak rating of 108.7 in the 840 minutes into Monday, which is beneficial to the league’s top five stature.For all reasonable criticisms made by Tang Cic, the Mavericks’ defense Hold the enemy When Doncic is on the field and Porzingis is out, he can score 111.0 points per 100 possessions.
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When Porzingis’ right knee regains strength, the boat may be right. It was not until December 29 that he fully participated in the practice for the first time. But the early returns are disturbing, especially when Dallas is designed to rely on its 7’3″ giant to track the backline. He is far more like a bystander than the rim enforcer, and his injury history is getting worse. many.
A Western Conference executive said: “It seems impossible for him to stand up. He looks like a scarecrow.” “You don’t expect him to do well in jumpers, but I have seen Porzingis several times this year, and I’m not sure if this guy can defend anyone.”
According to sources, at present, Dallas seems to be the first to be interested in adding a center to complement Porzingis. When the Cleveland Cavaliers wanted to move towards their frontcourt, the Mavericks had bypassed Andre Drummond, but Dallas was not interested in breaking up with Porzingis in these specific conversations. . A league source said: “They want a big man to be paired with him.” “Obviously with body, rebound and resilience.”
The Mavericks are considered to be one of the most exploratory and early trading discussions in the league. According to sources, after the offseason acquisition of Josh Richardson and drafting of Josh Green and Tyler Bey (via the Philadelphia 76ers), Dallas continued to look around Don Kiki More shooting and perimeter defense.
It is important to remember that the injury and the COVID-19 deal hindered the Mavericks. Maxi Kleber and Richardson both missed a few games. But the latter only converted 29.6% of his appearance before Monday’s 3-7 performance. The Dallas Magic offense set the most efficient offense in NBA history last season, and now only ranks 26th in 3-point shooting. Bit.
His close relationship with Doncic further clouded the development of these Porzingis. The Mavericks waved to Porzingis, hoping that he could build a ten-year pairing with the league’s field chief, and the two in turn have established a strong connection off the court. During the Orlando bubble, they were often spotted by the swimming pool, and whenever Doncic’s own accountability system caused friction at the film conference, Porzingis remained loyal to his co-star. A person familiar with the situation said: “He almost defended Luca.”
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What else will Porzingis pay off? “In theory, who can you see follow him?” The executive officer of the Western Conference wanted to know. “I can’t say that this is a contract I have to bear.”
At the end of this season, Porzingis’ five-year contract (worth $158 million) has three remaining.
A cardiologist said: “I think maybe you can draw a lottery protector from someone first,” but this is only possible when Dallas gets back other unnecessary salaries. If the Mavericks are looking for contributing players, maybe Dallas can hire teams like Chicago or Charlotte, with big contracts composed of young players and veterans, and they may want to do the same as Dallas.
At present, the Mavericks Porzingis discussion is still in the preliminary stage. But for Dallas, to bridge this gap (between its current state and the preseason expectations of the team competing for home court advantage in the playoffs), league executives hope these early conversations will continue. Finding a real second choice for Doncic is crucial to optimizing the young superstar, and Dallas can still clear the biggest cap space in the upcoming offseason. League sources said that if John Collins (John Collins) is to reach a restricted free agency agreement, you can expect the Mavericks to make a major offer.
Dallas had hoped to use that room for Giannis Antetokounmpo to form a trio that would chill the Western Conference. Porzingis now needs to drastically restore his previous reputation. An official at the Eastern Conference said: “I know why the Mavericks are regretted by buyers.”
*Unless otherwise stated, all data are from NBA.com.
Jake Fischer is the NBA report of “Bleacher Report” and author of “Lost”: How “Age of Tanks” changed the league forever.