Mavs star Kristaps Porzingis’ greatest trait, according to Mark Cuban
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is beyond impressed with Kristaps Porzingis’ progression in his first year with the Dallas Mavericks.
Aside from the varied skill set that the 7-foot-3 Latvian brings to the table, Cuban is particularly complimentary of Porzingis’ competitiveness and desire to win at all cost.
“He wants to win so badly. He will do what is needed by the team. He is really unselfish,” Cuban described the international star, per Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson.
“But the most impressive side of his game is his ability to step up when the game is on the line. He just gets better and better at winning time. It’s impressive.”
The 24-year-old big man was still recovering from an ACL tear at the time, but the Mavs brass figured he was worth the gamble. Porzingis made it to the All-Star team in 2018 before blowing out his knee.
Dallas had high hopes that Porzingis’ pairing with their other European sensation Luka Doncic would give the franchise two building blocks for the future. Judging just how well these two fit together this season shows that Dallas did make the right call in acquiring the lanky star.
Porzingis started out slow at the beginning of the 2019-20 campaign and took some time to get him acclimated to head coach Rick Carlisle’s system. But once he got his bearings back, “The Unicorn” once again emerged as a threat on both sides of the ball.
He notched 19.2 points on 42 percent shooting from the field and 34.9 percent from distance, to go along with 9.5 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 51 games. Porzingis’ fine play was a big reason for the Mavs’ 40-27 slate (7th in the West), prior to the NBA hiatus.