The Dallas Mavericks have underperformed this season. Despite having MVP candidate Luka Doncic, they are only 14-15 overall, currently the ninth-best in the Western Conference.
Dallas has played better lately, winning five of six, but the team hardly seems like a postseason contender. A big reason for this is the performance of the big man Kristaps Porzingis, who is supposed to be Doncic’s partner. At first glance, Porzingis’ stats look good enough: 20.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. But Porzingis has been averaging less than 30 minutes per game and is shooting 6.4 3-pointers per game, partly as a result of Dallas’ scheme and partly because he’s clinging too tightly to the perimeter.