Mavericks: 5 players who have changed dramatically this season

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks are on pace to make the playoff. Here is a look at five players that changed dramatically this season to fuel the improvement.

The Dallas Mavericks were a team of potential entering the season. Fans were going to get to see Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis team up for the first time. There was no denying the talent, but would it translate into wins? The Mavs managed only 33 victories in Luka’s rookie season, and Porzingis had never qualified for the playoffs in New York.

The front office was active last offseason securing pieces that could help the two stars. The additions of Seth Curry, Delon Wright, and Boban Marjanovic improved the Mavericks depth. Curry was a necessary floor spacer for the offensive system head coach Rick Carlisle wanted to employ.

Still, nobody knew quite what to expect. Would the Mavs be a playoff team? Were they climbing out of their rebuild, but still a few seasons away from postseason contention?

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Flash forward to today where the season is suspended. The Mavs won 40 of their 67 games so far. They are a virtual lock to make the playoffs if play resumes this summer. Dallas has the highest offensive rating in NBA history. They proved to be a force that no team is excited about matching up against.

How did we get here? Well, multiple players changed dramatically this season. Here is a look at the five most important with an emphasis on how their improvements have played a key role in the Dallas Mavericks’ success so far.

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