Kristaps Porzingis must improve his game in several areas if he wants to earn a chance to represent the Dallas Mavericks in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.
Some Dallas Mavericks fans have either forgotten or were never fully aware of how good Kristaps Porzingis was before his recent ACL injury forced him to sit out all of last season. That 2017-2018 season, there was a stretch where Porzingis was a legitimate MVP candidate.
He came out of the gates absolutely scorching. Excluding a game in which Porzingis only played two minutes, the Latvian big averaged 27 PPG, 7 RPG, and 2.3 BLK in his first 22 games. This was for a New York Knicks team that no longer featured Carmelo Anthony.
Porzingis was the lone star on the team and yet he dominated anyway. Porzingis did eventually come back down to Earth. In his next 24 games before getting injured, Poringis averaged 20 PPG, 6.5 RPG, and 2.6 BLK. This was almost assuredly because teams started keying in on Porzingis and daring his supporting cast to beat them.
Kristaps Porzingis often saw double teams and opponents clearly game-planned to take him out of the flow of the game. Luckily for Porzingis, he now has a pass first co-star who can handle part of the scoring load while also putting KP in better positions to succeed on offense.
He also now has an elite head coach who has spent years constructing an offense that compliments an elite shooting seven-footer. Kristaps Porzingis very well might be the best player on the team next season, but will that be enough to make the All-Star game in a loaded Western Conference?