Mavs coach Rick Carlisle reveals expectations for Kristaps Porzingis’ debut
Carlisle wants to see Porzingis play within the Mavs’ system and ultimately watch KP have fun. After all, the new Dallas star has been through a rigorous ACL rehab which forced him to miss all of last season.
Carlisle on Porzingis debut: “I know he’s ready. He’s excited to get back out there. I just want to see him play within our system and just get him out there, really. He’s put an amazing amount of time, effort and diligence into his rehab.”
— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) October 9, 2019
The last time we saw Kristaps Porzingis play, he was averaging 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks with the New York Knicks while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from beyond the arc. The new Mavs star has career averages of 17.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
The Mavs gave Porzingis a five-year, $158.3 million deal this summer. For Dallas to make the postseason in 2019-20, it will need Porzingis and reigning Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic to play at an All-Star level every night since the Western Conference is so tough.
Playing with Doncic will help KP have a lengthy career. Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists as a rookie while shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Luka figures to make the game easier for Porzingis. Mavs fans are hoping Doncic and KP will be a lethal duo for the next decade.