The Dallas Mavericks improved through a series of moves this offseason. Here is a look at each transaction and one final cumulative grade for the entire summer.
The Dallas Mavericks are coming off a bad season. They missed the playoffs two straight years, but last season the Mavs managed only 24 wins. It was their worst win total since the 1998-1999 season when Dallas won just 19 games during Dirk’s rookie season.
The Mavericks had the third worst record in the NBA last season. They could have committed to tanking and a long-term rebuild like the Philadelphia 76ers did in the Sam Hinkie era, but that is not Mark Cuban and the Mavs style.
Dallas chose to win this season and did their best to add talent this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki turned 40 years old this summer, and the Mavericks want to send him out on a winning squad. They do not want him balling out his final years on teams rooting for lottery balls over victories.
The Mavs did not do enough to vault into title contention, but they should be firmly entrenched in the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference this season. The West is deep and only improved from last year, so making the postseason will not be easy for Dallas.
Today, each move the Dallas Mavericks made in the 2018 offseason gets put under the red pen. Every transaction will receive a grade and an overall grade for the offseason rounds it out.