Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are off to a hot start this season. At 13-6, the Mavericks are currently the 4th seed in the Western Conference and this is due to the extraordinary play by Luka Doncic.
So far this year, Luka is averaging 30.1 points, 10 rebounds, and 9.5 assists per game and the craziest part is that he is only 20 years old. Despite his hot start, the rest of the team has just been okay and some of it is concerning. Luka is the only playmaker on this team and Kristaps Porzingis, who the Mavs traded for and gave a 5-year, max extension, has been disappointing so far as he is still adjusting.
The Mavs made an interesting decision this past offseason as they decided to be conservative with their cap and made in-house moves rather than being aggressive and going after top free agents. In hindsight, this does look to be a good move, but only time will tell. With these struggles that the Mavs have had, it would make sense to try to add a 2nd/3rd option to this team. Here are 5 players who the Mavericks could trade for.
Chris Paul is having a great season with the Oklahoma City Thunder and would be a great addition to the Mavericks. So far this season, CP3 is averaging 16.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists while shooting 44.9% from the field and 41.4% from three. Adding Chris Paul would give the Mavericks another playmaker/facilitator, which has been an area of concern for this team. Despite ranking 11th in assists per game this year with 24.8 per game, the Mavs have failed to find a playmaker outside of Luka on the team.
Luka is currently leading this team in assists per game at 9.5 but, the number two in assists per game on the Mavs is Delon Wright with a measly 3.1 assists per game. The 4 leaders in assists per game after Luka on this team (Delon Wright, Jalen Brunson, J.J. Barea, and Tim Hardaway Jr.) are only averaging 9.9 assists per game combined which is only 0.4 assists per game more than Luka.
Not only will Chris Paul be another playmaker for you but, he is someone who can strive without the ball in his hands as he is shooting 57.1% from three on catch-and-shoot shots as well as 56.5% from the field and 50% from three when he doesn’t dribble the ball before taking a shot.
A potential CP3 trade would be Chris Paul and a future 2nd in exchange for Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, and a future 1st round pick.