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Kristaps Porzingis is officially heading to the Dallas Mavericks after a blockbuster trade went down Thursday afternoon, sending him along with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Courtney Lee in exchange for Wesley Matthews, Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan, who will be heading to the New York Knicks. 

Now, this is a chance for Porzingis to play with one of his boyhood idols, Dirk Nowitzki. And when looking at their numbers through the first three seasons of their career, it's fascinating how similar their statistics are to one another. 

The two have often been compared to each other throughout their respective careers, but the similarities in their first three years of stats are nearly identical. 

Noticeably, the one big difference between Nowitzki and Porzingis is the latter's ability to block shots. Porzingis has averaged 2.0 blocks per game over his young NBA career. 

It should be a lot of fun to watch Porzingis mold into an even better player under Nowitzki's tutelage. KP will, however, need to get to work quick as Nowitzki is likely in the midst of his last NBA season. 

Perhaps, the Porzingis trade will motivate him to play another season, and also give him a renewed sense of purpose with the team. 

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