Kristaps Porzingis is now ready to play for the Dallas Mavericks after missing the first nine games of the season, coming from his recovered offseason knee surgery.
The 25-year-old forward was already set to make his season debut on Monday against the New Orleans Pelicans, yet the game was postponed due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Porzingis holds a long history of injuries. A torn ACL cost him the whole 2018-19 campaign, and he suffered a meniscus injury in last year’s first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers that sidelined him to start this season.
Porzingis averaged 20.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game for the Mavs last season, plus his 7’3″ height gives a huge defensive presence in the paint.
They put up +5 points per 100 possessions when Porzingis and Doncic shared the floor, and thanks to their duo, they had the best offensive rating in NBA history.
The Mavericks holds a 5-4 record to start the season, and their offense needs more from what they display so far. Porzingis could provide some of the spark that the Mavs have been missing to start the season. we also have a news about Christian Harrison fined upon declining interview over wearing mask, you can see at here!
Porzingis’ possible return came as the Mavericks, who were already without Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Richardson and Jalen Brunson, reportedly added at least five more players to the pandemic-related health and safety protocols on Monday.
Porzingis has played 70 or more games only once in his career, his rookie season in 2015-16. When he’s been on the court, he’s been excellent. He was a first-team All-Rookie selection in 2015-16 and was voted to the 2018 All-Star Game.
More importantly, he’s a fantastic running mate for Luka Doncic as a big man who can stretch the floor, protect the rim and operate as a dangerous pick-and-pop threat. It’s hard to imagine the Mavericks won’t explore every possible avenue to acquire a third star, but a one-two punch of Doncic and Porzingis in the short term will keep Dallas a perennial playoff threat.
That’s if Porzingis can stay healthy, of course.