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Kristaps Porzingis wants to win Defensive Player of the Year with Mavs

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Dallas Mavericks star power forward Kristaps Porzingis says one of his goals for this season is to win Defensive Player of the Year. The Mavs big man is one of the best shot-blockers in the league thanks to his 7-foot stature.

Porzingis says blocking shots is just one aspect of being a good defensive player. The new Mavs star intends to watch film this season of his defensive plays so he can see ways he can become a more polished player on that end of the floor.

“Yeah, that’s definitely one of my goals and shot blocking is one part of it, but there’s many other parts of that and I’m always, you know, focused on that and watching film and it’s trying to evolve as a defensive player and see the things I can get better at,” Porzingis told Landon Buford of Fanatics View.

“So, that’s definitely on my radar in the future.”

For his career, Porzingis averages 2.0 blocks per game. For KP to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award this season, he will have to impact the game on the defensive end of the floor more than Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, who has won the award two straight years.

The Mavs gave Porzingis a five-year, $158.3 million deal this summer. Porzingis has career averages of 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.