Cannot afford to trade: Kristaps Porzingis
The Celtics first marquee offseason addition was crucial to the team’s plan. They wanted size, rim protection, and floor spacing at the five. Porzingis offers Boston a dimension they have lacked in recent years, but the move was not without questions.
The Unicorn has struggled to win in his NBA career. He has played in just two playoff series, and his Mavericks were knocked out in the first round two straight years. It was not until they dealt KP to Washington that Dallas made a run to the conference finals. Porzingis talked about why things did not work with the Mavericks, and his improved maturity could be massive for the Celtics.
Fans have seen arguably the best version of KP. He is shooting a career-high 54.7 percent from the field while averaging 18.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks in 30.3 minutes per game. The Unicorn’s 3-point shooting should improve and his effective field goal percentage already sits at 61.5.
The Boston Celtics need Kristaps Porzingis healthy and firing on all cylinders if they plan on winning it all. It is a gamble as he has played over 70 games just once in his first seven NBA seasons. The Unicorn was injured in the bubble and missed the remainder of the Mavs playoff series against the Clippers. Can he stay healthy and help the Celtics win? There will be worries until it happens.