Kristaps Porzingis going through warmups, looks ready for next season

April 11, 2019 4:22 AM
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Has Kristaps Porzinigs officially recovered from his injury?

Kristaps Porzingis appears to be ready for in-game action after suffering an ACL tear in early February as he went through warmups before Dallas’ final home game of the season.

Porzingis went through drills in the paint and put up shots from midrange, showing the true versatility in his game. In three professional seasons, Porzingis has averaged 17.8 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. He is a career 36.4 percent three-point shooter while also converting on 46.7 percent of his two-point shots.

The Mavericks acquired Porzingis from the New York Knicks on Feb. 1, in exchange for Dennis Smith, Jr., DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Matthews, and two future first-round picks.

Porzingis was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 season and was named to this season’s All-Star team, but was unable to participate because of his injury.

Dallas will not make the playoffs this season as they sit in the second-to-last spot in the Western Conference, giving Porzingis more time to fully recover from his injury before the beginning of next season.

Next season, Porzingis will join forces with Dallas’ star rookie Luka Doncic who finished his rookie season with 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists per game, the fifth ever rookie to finish a season with 20-5-5.

Head coach Rick Carlisle has even called Doncic one of the best rookies he has ever seen.

The future in Dallas is very bright, especially with two of the bright young international stars leading the charge. We’ve seen what a healthy Porzingis and Doncic can do by themselves, and it will be incredible to see how they coalesce to try to bring the Mavericks back to the playoffs.


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