Earlier today at CBS Sports headquarters, Avery Johnson said that Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis’ one-two punch was not only one of the best in the league, but also one that could bring a team to the final. “When you have the pick and roll combination with Porzingis and Luka Doncic, it’s difficult to plan the game, especially in a 7-game series,” Johnson explained. It also touched Tim Hardaway Jr.’s three-point accuracy as another weapon in the offense.
Johnson was with the Mavericks as an assistant from 2004 to 2005, when he was promoted to head coach in mid-March after Don Nelson resigned. He brought the Mavs to their first appearance in the final in 2006, which was also his first full season as head coach. Johnson is credited with pushing Dirk Nowitzki to develop his back-to-the-basketball game that will save Dirk with a Most Valuable Player award in 2007 and help consolidate his legacy as one of the most versatile offensive players of all. times.
After his appearance in the 2006 final, Johnson would take the Mavericks to the playoffs for the first round’s back-to-back exits. He would later be replaced by current coach Rick Carlisle.
It’s a welcome endorsement as the Mavericks resume this unique 2019-2020 season.