Kristaps Porzingis
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Kristaps Porzingis is hoping for a comeback season this year with the Dallas Mavericks. Jason Kidd certainly has faith in Porzingis’ ability to shine this season.

In fact, he went as far as to saying that KP will not only have a bounce-back year but also make the All-Star team in 2021-22.

“If that’s the history, then we’ll sign up and take that,” Kidd said, per Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News. “I think he has the skill-set to be an All-Star. He is an All-Star in this league.

Sometimes we judge people unfairly because of injuries or other things that are going on, and we expect them to be robots or be All-Stars every year.

“Sometimes we don’t reach that bar, but I think he’s going to be an All-Star this year, and if he’s not, he’s going to be right there on the cusp of being an All-Star.”

In their preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, Porzingis stepped up and was huge for the Mavs as they took the 122-114 win. KP finished with 15 points on top of five rebounds and four assists.

While there is a lot of talent in the West, a healthy Porzingis could definitely be among the best bigs in the Conference. The last time he started a season healthy, the Latvian was an All-Star (2017-18).