How Kevin Durant being out impacts the Dallas Mavericks in NBA Orlando

Dallas Mavericks Kevin Durant (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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How Kevin Durant missing the rest of the season impacts the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks fans can feel the anticipation building for the NBA’s restart. The plans were finalized this week. 22 teams will play beginning July 31 in Orlando. There will be eight regular season games per team followed by a potential play-in for the final postseason spot in each conference before the traditional playoffs.

The new format is perfect for the young Mavericks. They have an opportunity to move up in the Western Conference standings but are virtually locked into the playoffs. For more on why the plan selected is ideal for the Mavs click here.

Supporters will get to witness the first playoff experience for Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The two young Mavericks have a massive opportunity in Orlando. Dallas making a deep playoff run could further push the front office further into win-now mode. It will certainly be an exciting conclusion to the season.

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Fans were wondering since the return announcement if Kevin Durant would play his first games for the Brooklyn Nets in Orlando. He tore his Achilles in the 2019 NBA Finals. The suspension has given him a full year to heal up. Durant put the speculation to bed on June 5 by announcing that he would not return this season.

A former MVP and one of the NBA’s top talents not playing has significant ripple effects across the league. Here is how Kevin Durant missing the conclusion of the 2019-2020 season in Orlando impacts the Dallas Mavericks.

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