Jason Kidd gives advice for Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis
The duo did most of the damage for the Mavs in their 110-119 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, as Doncic dazzled with a triple-double of 31 points, 13 boards and 15 dimes, while Porzingis added 16 points and nine rebounds.
Lakers’ assistant coach Jason Kidd, who won a title with the Mavs as a player in 2011, couldn’t help but share some words of wisdom for the two budding superstars.
“Just to go through the process together,” Jason Kidd said, via Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News.
“One person is not better than the next. In this league, the more talent you have and the more you can be together, the easier the game becomes. Especially for those two, it’ll make it easy.”
Kidd, of course, is talking from experience, teaming up with fellow phenomenal prospects Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson to form a solid young group in Dallas in the early-to-mid ‘90s. But the promising troika never reached their ceiling, as they eventually split up before achieving great heights for the Mavs.
Doncic is coming off a phenomenal rookie campaign where he normed 21.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists en route to the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year Award. Kidd also spoke highly about him, claiming he sees no flaws in the Slovenian’s game.
Porzingis, meanwhile, missed all of last year after recovering from an ACL injury. He looks to be settling in just fine in the Big D, averaging 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in the first five games of the season.