It has been a long time since Porzingis has really led a team – and the Wiz don’t expect him to do that in DC – but he could perform better than he has in years.
Kristaps Porziņģis back in the lab👀
KP averaged 22.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in 17 games with the Washington Wizards last season. He also shot 37% from 3P in those 17 — his highest since 2020.
— Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) August 1, 2022
During his first season with the Wizards, Porzingis averaged 22.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
He only played for 17 games so there is still a lot to prove but those are his best numbers since 2020.
Recent video of him in the gym suggest that maybe he’s turned over a new leaf.
Is Porzingis about to play like his old self again?
Porzingis’ best time in the league happened around 2017-18 when he played for the New York Knicks.
It was there that he became an All-Star and also put up an average of 22.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists a game.
Since then, he has found some solid success with the Dallas Mavericks and now the Wizards but bad luck and bad injuries have haunted him again and again.
He has missed many games due to mishaps on the court and missed the entire 2018-19 season due to an ACL injury.
You can understand why some fans were very worried when he joined the Wizards, they didn’t want to invest in someone who is going to spend more time on the bench than on the court.
Porzingis can be so good but he just needs the right team and he needs to stay healthy.
The days of him leading a team are long gone but he could become a reliable, solid part of Washington in the new season.
He just needs to keep working on his shot – and his conditioning.