Dallas Mavericks: Defining success for the team this season

Dallas Mavericks basketball is here. What would define a successful season for this exciting team? Let us take a look at how they could make waves.

Dallas Mavericks fans are hyped about the season ahead. Do not expect the Mavs to win the NBA championship this season, though. That goal, although always possible, is not realistic. Instead, let us focus on what will define a successful season.

This past off-season, the Mavs were hard at work putting complementary pieces around Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in the form of signing Seth CurryBoban Marjanovic, and producing a sign-and-trade for Delon Wright. The Mavericks also re-signed other key players.

They also focused on defining clear roles for other players such as Jalen Brunson, Justin Jackson, and Tim Hardaway Jr. Now that we know what role each player has, it is easier to get everyone to believe in the team concept.

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The Mavs come out in most projections as a .500 team which is 7.5 win improvement on last season’s total. With the established team, they should be able to outpace a 41 win season.

Surprises?

With all the duos that dominate the Western Conference this year and the slew of players that flocked to the Eastern Conference, this is stated to be one of the most exciting seasons in a while. The race for the Larry O’Brien Trophy is wide open, so expect there to be some shocks this year.

The Dallas Mavericks could be one of those teams that make waves this season if they can get off to a fast start. During the last two games of the preseason, fans saw good glimpses of how this team could operate. If they can carry that over into the regular season, the Mavs could set some higher expectations.

In order for the Mavericks to have a successful season this year, they need to either squeeze into the playoffs as a seventh or eighth seed. A lot needs to occur for that to happen. They also need to continue to build. Dallas has a young star duo that should improve over the next four seasons.

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Back in 2011, nobody expected the Dallas Mavericks to make it past the first round against Portland, let alone win the NBA Championship. This year a playoff berth will be fantastic, but they will have win more than expected. Supporters could be looking at the most exciting season since that coveted championship.