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Doncic & Porzingis can create a dynasty in Dallas

The Dallas Mavericks are entering an NBA season without Dirk Nowitzki for the first time in 20 years but the business they have done across the past two summers has them in a very favourable position to succeed. In the summer of 2018, the Mavs traded Trae Young and a first round pick to Atlanta for the rights to third overall pick, Luka Doncic. He was a franchise player that Dallas desperately needed knowing that Dirk was coming to the end of his career and he certainly showed his value in his rookie year, averaging over 21 points per game as he ran away with the rookie of the year award. He was everything the Mavericks wanted and more but something was missing, a partner in crime.

Doncic averaged an impressive 21.2 PPG, 6.0 APG & 7.8 RPG in his rookie season

Dallas thought they were in a great position heading into the 2019 off season, Doncic was the type of unique talent that could attract other stars and they had enough cap space to offer two max contracts, which was hugely important with superstars like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard & Kyrie Iriving up for grabs in free agency. However, as the trade deadline neared in February, it was becoming clear that none of the top free agents were willing to consider the Mavs as an option to sign with in the summer, so they made a move for a sleeping giant in Kristaps Porzingis. The Latvian had not played since injuring his ACL a year earlier, but had become frustrated with the way the Knicks were handling him and the team and demanded a trade. So, now Dallas had their back up plan if word on the street proved to be true, which we now know it did. The Mavericks kept Porzingis benched for the final few months of the season, making him focus on being 100% fit for the start of the 2019/2020 season. He signed a five year $158 million contract in the summer and has really filled out since we last saw him on the court.

We have not seen the 'Unicorn' in a year and a half, in 17/18 he averaged 22.7 PPG, 2.4 BPG & 6.6 RPG. He has clearly worked to make sure he fulfills his potential in Dallas

Porzingis and Doncic are both still young players, 24 and 20 respectfully, they both have franchise star ability and their strengths on the court look like they are going to benefit one another's games hugely. Doncic is a 6'8 guard that can do it all, great at creating space on the floor along with having terrific court vision, he can drive for the basket or hit a step-back but now he has KP on the floor. The 7'3 forward can shoot over anybody in the league, excelling in catch and shoots but also capable of putting the ball on the floor or posting up his defender. With this combination of skills pick & pops/pick & rolls will be the main offence weapon Dallas will look to but Porzingis will also be able to create more floor space for Luka and visa versa. If the two can form a relationship on the court, Dallas head coach, Rick Carlisle's options are endless on both ends of the court. They are two unique talents that have shown an ability to defend aswell as dominate offensively. Doncic with the quick hands to work steals and Porzingis using his great physique to block shots. Porzingis also offers the ability to run the high ball to rim play they used so often last year.

Luka Doncic is the star partner Kristaps Porzingis never got the chance to play with in New York. On paper everything appears to fit perfectly for both Luka & KP but nothing was ever won on paper. The two will have to learn how to play together and adapt their games from lone franchise players to accommodate a second star. Both players have at least 10 years of top level basketball together in which time they could dominate even in the very competitive Western Conference.

The Mavericks have the two stars but can they become the superstars they need to be to create a 'Dallas Dynasty', all signs point to yes but we will have to wait and see.