Dallas Mavericks: Avery Johnson believes Mavs can make NBA Finals

Dallas Mavericks Avery Johnson (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks: Avery Johnson believes they can make NBA Finals

The Dallas Mavericks are flying under the radar ahead of the NBA’s restart. They sit seventh in the Western Conference. That is leading some to write them off quickly. The Mavs are a better team than their record indicates, though.

It all starts with Luka Doncic. The 21-year-old has become an unstoppable offensive force this season. He is in the top 20 in points, rebounds, and assists per game. Luka has become one of the best pick and roll ball handlers. His improved finishing inside coupled with elite playmaking makes him unique. Read about where Doncic stands in the MVP race here.

The Mavericks have the pieces too. Kristaps Porzingis is the unquestioned second star. He was playing the best basketball of his career just before the suspension. The Mavs have a deep squad filled with players that could step up in massive moments. They will be a dangerous team in Orlando.

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Avery Johnson believes Dallas Mavericks can make NBA Finals

Avery Johnson was on CBS Sports discussing the NBA’s restart. He mentioned the Mavs as a team that could “sneak into the Finals” on June 29.  Fans can hear his comments here.

Can and will are two different things. Johnson is not saying Dallas is going to do it, but states they have the pieces. He is not wrong. The format should suit their youth too.

Johnson was the Dallas Mavericks backup point in 2003. His NBA career was winding down at that point. He came back and coached the Mavs for five seasons including four as head coach. Johnson led Dallas to the NBA Finals in 2006. He was replaced by Rick Carlisle in 2008.

Avery Johnson’s comments should have Mavericks fans even more excited about the NBA’s restart. The team will be ready, so stay tuned for a lot of fun in Orlando.

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