Video: Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis and Rick Carlisle working on shooting left-hand jumpers in practice
Dallas Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis and head coach Rick Carlisle were seen working on left-hand jumpers in practice. And the Mavs 7-foot-3 young centerpiece was draining each shot.
Peep the clip via All Things Mavs. As it turns out, Carlisle used to practice the same drill with Mavs icon Dirk Nowitzki.
Kristaps Porzingis is practicing (and making) jumpers with his left hand. 👀 Dirk and Rick used to work on this as well in practice. pic.twitter.com/qeWzJSCdAn
— All Things Mavs (@All_Things_Mavs) June 11, 2019
Perhaps the exercise is meant to develop strength and mobility on the left hand — Porzingis’ non-dominant hand. Given this, we shouldn’t expect the 23-year-old Latvian to suddenly raise up for lefty jumpers come the 2019-2020 season.
But given that Carlisle used to practice the same drill with Nowitzki is interesting. Of course, Porzingis will develop into his own player and not just a spitting image of the German. But it tells us that Carlisle knows that the two Europeans have a similar playstyle.
While Porzingis is a lot more mobile that Nowitzki, they both possess the innate ability to knock down shots from the perimeter and behind the 3-point line. Perhaps we can expect Carlisle to run pick-and-pops for Porzingis, as well as post-ups right outside the paint.
Since the trade which sent Porzingis to the Mavs, fans have already fantasized the team is capable of. They already hit the jackpot in Luka Doncic. Imagine the infinite possibilities if he develops great chemistry with The Unicorn.