Mavs’ Rick Carlisle strongly disagrees with demand for Kristaps Porzingis to post up more
The Dallas Mavericks won against the San Antonio Spurs, but there was one big talking point of the game was Kristaps Porzingis’ inability to score more points. He had an atrocious shooting night against the Spurs, only scoring after missing 11 of his 15 shot attempts. Moreover, eight of his shot attempts were three-point shots, where he only made three of them. The Spurs have made it obvious that the Mavs forward can be made uncomfortable with a face-up game. Due to this, some have even suggested that the Latvian giant should post up more often and generate some offense close to the basket. However, Rick Carlisle vehemently rejected those suggestions. His logic is that the team doesn’t need to position himself in the post in order to be effective.
The Athletic’s Tim Cato recorded Carlisle’s complete answer for the entire world to see.
Carlisle: "let's get off all this stuff that KP needs to go in the post. he doesn't. he doesn't."
— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) December 27, 2019
Carlisle is making a sound argument against Porzingis detractors, and the statistics are backing him up. In spite of being out of the game for more than a year, the fact that he’s posting numbers of 18 points and 10 rebounds a night is an impressive thing for him.
Based on how Carlisle sees it, Porzingis just needs space and time in order to return to his production back when he was still a New York Knick. He’s still trying to recapture the feel of the game, and that task doesn’t get any easier when you have an outstanding star player beside you in Luka Doncic.
What the Unicorn needs from fans is understanding that he won’t be immediately great on the get-go. But once he’s gotten the feel of the game, they can expect his numbers to soar back to All-Star levels.