Have the Mavericks finally unlocked Kristaps Porzingis to his full potential, at least on the offensive side of the floor?
The statistics over his last seven contests indicate that this might be the case — or that he's just on fire individually. With an average of 26.0 points per game and a scalding 40.5 percent clip from beyond the arc, the 7-foot-3 unicorn has really found his stroke and is contributing to the offense more than he ever has before in a Mavs uniform. In fact, according to StatMuse, this seven-game span is the longest streak of 20-plus-point games throughout his whole career.
There's still debate to be had over whether or not his five-year, $158.3 million deal has paid off or not — in fact, so far, it clearly has not. But if he keeps playing like this, and the Mavericks improve upon their 10-7 record with an impossible-to-stop duo of Porzingis and Luka Doncic, not to mention the much-improved play of Jalen Brunson, there may be an argument to be had.
But where the debate has apparently come to an end is whether or not the Mavericks were pursuing a deal for the Latvian big man at any point in recent years, with speculation coming to an all-time peak at last year's deadline, with reports that the Mavs had been "quietly gauging the trade market." Now, Mark Cuban has not-so-quietly shut down that those talks were ever happening.
"That’s not true. Why would I do that at all?" Cuban told NBA.com. "Trades like that, you always end up further behind. When you trade a superstar, you never get the best end of it.
"I’ve always believed that KP hasn’t played his best basketball yet. Now you’re seeing why we didn’t trade him. He’s a great player. He’s a good dude. All of my experiences with him have been positive. So why would we do that? But that’s NBA Twitter and that’s Mavs Twitter. That’s what they do. They’re probably trying to trade Luka right now."
Yeah... to be fair, Luka is only averaging 25.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 8.0 assists. That's definitely someone you'd want to move off your team, right?
We'll see if the Mavericks can string together a few wins and inch closer to the top of the Western Conference, in which they currently slide in at the No. 4 seed. An overtime win to beat the Clippers on Tuesday was a good start, and they'll have another tough contest when they retake the floor on Saturday against the 11-6 Wizards.