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News: 16 hours agoPorzingis is expected to play most of his minutes at power forward, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
Spin: Obviously, Porzingis has the size and rim-protecting skills to play the five, but his mobility and outside shooting enable him to slide down to the nominal power forward spot, as well. That's where new head coach Jason Kidd plans to start Porzingis this season, and the hope is that Kidd will be able to unlock more parts of his game. Porzingis said he's talked with Kidd about his role within the offense and Kidd's goal is to put him in positions to utilize his unique skill set. "He wants me to be comfortable out there," Porzingis said. "I'm going to be able to post up more and be used in those situations." Despite his size, Porzingis has never been an overly productive back-to-the-basket player, but it looks as though the Mavs will try to develop that part of his game. If they're able to succeed, it could unlock more scoring opportunities for the big man, who was often relegated to standing around waiting for catch-and-shoot situations last season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Porzingis missed 29 games last season and has missed double-digit games in every season of his NBA career. This is by far the most risky element of drafting him as early as his production might otherwose warrant. He has flirted with a 20-10 averages in each of his first two seasons with the Mavericks, and when he's on the court that is likely to continue this season. He also has rare two 3-pointer/two blocks upside as well, which he accomplished during the 2019-20 season.