Video: Mavs’ Kristaps Porzingis goes vintage with a nasty putback on the JJ Barea miss
Kristaps Porzingis made his Dallas Mavericks debut a few pre-season games back but while we await his official return when the regular season starts, the Mavs forward is showing off what made him the “Unicorn” little by little as he shakes off the rust.
One such move that made the Latvian an overnight sensation his rookie year was his patented putback dunks. And during a Mavs game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Porzingis surprised many by bringing it back and showing that the ACL injury hasn’t robbed him of some old tricks as he flew past Montrezl Harrell for the follow off a JJ Barea missed three-pointer.
— NBA (@NBA) October 18, 2019
The highlight is great news not only for the 7-foot-3 forward but also for basketball fans that were a little skeptical if he still has the elite athleticism that defined his game. Before the play, Porzingis mostly focused on a perimeter-oriented style, opting to shoot a large number of three-pointers with an overall poor field goal percentage. This dunk certainly makes a strong case that he is back to the same old Porzingis.
Not only that, but prior to that throwdown, Porzingis also showed off some classic stuff off his arsenal by swatting and altering shots around the rim, running the floor, and converting an and-1 play.
Porzingis dominating everywhere 🦄 pic.twitter.com/OLzd9tZhJL
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 18, 2019
The 24-year-old missed almost two years of action and looks determined to finally stay healthy by completely altering his physical make-up, adding a few pounds of muscle to his frail frame.
So far, it looks to be paying off handsomely.