One Question Every Team: Southwest Division

One Question Every Team: Southwest Division

This article is part of our NBA Draft Kit series.

We're less than 10 days away from Opening Night, so let's hustle up and answer One Big Question for each team in the Southwest Division.


Dallas Mavericks

Outside of trading Josh Richardson, not much has changed with the Mavs, which means they are in the same situation as last year: hoping their one-star team turns into a two-star team with the reemergence of Kristaps Porzingis.

How overrated is Kristaps Porzingis?

My answer is "somewhat, but the hate might be getting too strong".  But highly qualified ESPN expert Andre Snellings disagrees.

I'm a tad more optimistic. Over the past three seasons, The Unicorn has averaged 49 games played. That's the real problem. But the per-game stats are still tempting. His three-year per-game averages are 21.1 points, 8.3 boards, 1.9 blocks, 2.2 triples with 44.7% shooting and 80.6% from the line. In fact, he shot a career-high 47.6% from the field and a career-best 85.5% from the charity stripe last year. That's the good news. The bad news is his blocks are on a three-year decline (1.3 per game last year), as is his scoring (20.1 last year). And he played a career-low 43 games last year.

The positive slant is Porzingis is a great play for best ball leagues. The realistic view is having a center that only plays in 65% of games will drive you nuts.  RW projects 65 games played for KP, which leads to a rank of 42nd for 8-category head-to-head games and

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