After two straight seasons of ending in the first round, the Dallas Mavericks bring back a similar group that looks to get over the hump. The Mavericks made just two acquisitions this offseason with Reggie Bullock headlining the free agency class. Based on their moves, it appears that the franchise is going to give Jason Kidd the chance to see if their superstar tandem can make it work one more year.
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis were supposed to be an ultra dynamic duo. Both remain fairly young with their primes on the horizon. However, the two have little to show for a team that hasn’t made it out of the first round since 2011, which was the year the team won the NBA championship.
With pretty much the entire team back from a team that went 42-30, can Doncic and Porzingis get Dallas into the contention conversation?
Point Guard - Luka Doncic
The MVP conversation is far down the road, but if you had to bet money, then Doncic would be an easy play. At 22 years old, Doncic is the future face of the NBA when LeBron James and Kevin Durant finally leave. At his age, he is displaying talent we have not seen since both were at a younger age. Last year, Doncic averaged 27.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 8.6 assists. It wouldn’t shock anyone if he averaged a triple-double this season.
Doncic is entering his fourth year in the NBA. Right now, he is one of the most exciting players to watch, but if he wants to be treated like Mt. Rushmore of the league, then he has to carry his team to more wins and a higher seed in the conference standings. The Mavericks have never been higher than a five seed in Doncic’s three seasons.
Shooting Guard - Tim Hardaway Jr.
When the Mavericks acquired Porzingis via trade, many thought he was the crown jewel of the deal. However, in terms of consistency, Hardaway Jr. has been the foundational piece, which is why the Mavericks elected to re-sign the shooting guard. Last year, Hardaway averaged 16.6 points, while shooting 39.1% from three-point range.