The Dallas Mavericks have a promising future. However, fans have to manage their expectations. This season should serve as a building block for the future.
The Dallas Mavericks are essentially playing this season with house money. Even though expectations are higher than in the last few seasons, no one is anticipating a ticker-tape parade through Victory Plaza at the end of this season.
The same cannot be said by any other franchise with a top ten NBA player on its roster. The Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, and Houston Rockets fully expect to win the NBA championship this season. Their core players are in their mid to late 20s or already in their 30s. The pressure to win now is simply not relatable for the Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs should be focused on building chemistry and finding their identity as a team. They had a complete overhaul of the roster at last year’s trading deadline. Then, the retirement of Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki forced them to turn the keys to the franchise over to Luka Doncic at the start of the 2019-2020 season.
The goal of this season is simple. They have to make the playoffs. A task that seemed more difficult in the offseason than it does now.
While the postseason is not a given, the Western Conference is wide open. The injuries the Golden State Warriors have suffered combined with lackluster play by the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers has opened more than one playoff spot. The Mavericks need to capitalize.
Here is a look at why the 2019-2020 season needs to be a building block for the Dallas Mavericks.