Dallas Mavericks fans have something to look forward to when Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis share the court making the Mavs the talk of the NBA.
Since that deal, Mavs fans have had little to look forward to throughout the remainder of this season. The team’s play has been up and down. Coach Carlisle’s rotations have been inconsistent because he is tinkering to see what works. The playoffs seem out of reach, so all most fans can do is consider what the relationship will be like for rookie sensation Luka Doncic and the key from the trade, Porzingis.
Luka’s been running the show for the majority of the season and trying to manage as best as he can. The trouble for the rookie is the inconsistent scoring around him. There are some great weapons around Doncic, but with all the changes it’s tough to find what works.
With the addition of Tim Hardaway Jr., Justin Jackson, Trey Burke and Courtney Lee, there hasn’t been a game where there’s been a wow factor. Ryan Brokehoff can light it up from 3-point range, but he is seeing minimal playing time. JJ Barea is out recovering from Achilles surgery. Dorian Finney-Smith can only do so much on both sides of the court. Jalen Brunson has been great as of late, but he still has room to improve.
Other long-term players like Dirk Nowitzki, Dwight Powell, Devin Harris, and Maxi Kleber are doing the best they can as well, but there needs to be another high-profile scoring option. That will take some of the weight off Luka, and help role Hardaway Jr. into our third or even fourth scoring option where he’s most comfortable. Enter Porzingis.