Dallas Mavericks
    Kristaps Porzingis
    Kristaps Porzingis
    #6 | Kristaps Porzingis
    Healthy
    Power Forward | Dallas Mavericks
    Date of Birth 8/2/1995
    Height, Weight 7'3", 240 lbs
    From Liepaja, LVA
    College --
    Experience 4 Years
    Drafted 2015 - Rd 1
    Salary --
    BIOGRAPHY  
    Date of Birth 8/2/1995
    Height, Weight 7'3", 240 lbs
    From Liepaja, LVA
    College --
    Experience 4 Years
    Drafted 2015 - Rd 1
    Salary --
    RotowireOct 10, 2:11a ET

    News

    Porzingis finished with 18 points (7-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 124-117 preseason loss to Detroit.

    Impact

    Porzingis made his long-awaited return to the court after missing the previous 20 months with a knee injury. He had some obvious rust but was still able to contribute 18 points in just 19 minutes. He was just 7-of-18 from the field although efficiency has never really been his strong suit. The Mavericks are going to manage him, especially early in the season, which does make him somewhat of a risky pick in the early rounds.

    RotowireOct 8, 1:06p ET

    News

    Porzingas won't play Tuesday against Oklahoma City but will make his preseason debut Wednesday in Detroit, Callie Caplan of The Dallas Morning News reports.

    Impact

    Porzingas will be held out of Tuesday's exhibition for rest before taking the floor for Wednesday's clash. The Mavericks figure to limit his minutes in the early going considering he was sidelined for the entire 2019 campaign due to a torn ACL.

    RotowireOct 2, 2:09p ET

    News

    Porzingis doesn't have a firm load management schedule, but coach Rick Carlisle implied Tuesday that the big man could sit out some back-to-back sets, Tim Cato of The Athletic reports. "It's conceivable that (not playing in) back-to-backs are something we look at early in the season," Carlisle said. "I don't know if anything has been officially determined."

    Impact

    The Mavericks are yet to publicly divulge their plans for Porzingis, but the feeling is that they'll err on the side of caution, according to Cato, who reports that he's been told Porzingis could miss as many as "15 or 20 games." That seems like it would be on the high end, but the Mavs will certainly be careful with the 7-3 Porzingis, who missed all of last season while working back from a torn ACL.

    RotowireOct 1, 11:21a ET

    News

    Porzingis said at Monday's media day that he won't face any limitations entering camp, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports. "I feel great physically," Porzgingis said. "I feel 100 percent. I feel probably better than I ever have in my life."

    Impact

    Considering Porzingis hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly 20 months, this is exactly what Mavericks fans and fantasy owners alike are hoping to hear. Porzingis has technically been cleared for full activities for several months -- he could've returned for the final few weeks of last season -- but both he and the Mavs agreed that taking a more cautious approach to his recovery makes the most sense. "It's been a long time since I've been out, but I've been putting in work throughout this rehab process," Porzingis said. "I'm extremely excited to be back on the court and to remind everybody what I'm capable of doing." While the 7-3 big man won't have any limitations in camp, coach Rick Carlisle hinted that the Mavs may be cautious with Porzingis when the regular season rolls around. "If I had a gun to my head, I would say that there's a good chance that we will be very careful on back-to-backs, particularly to start the year," Carlisle said. "But I don't know for sure. I don't know how he's going to be feeling at that point. He may be insisting on playing, but I do believe in his case and in the case of any player like that, the Mavericks or whatever team is going to err on the side of caution."