Dallas Mavericks: 5 reasons fans should be happy after this season

By Noah Rubinstein
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks Rick Carlisle Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Why Dallas Mavericks fans should be happy: 3. Player development and coaching staff

One of the most impressive and most overlooked statistics of this season is that the Mavs are the only team in the NBA to not lose three games in a row. What stands out is Dallas’ resiliency and ability to beat any team on any given night. This also speaks to the coaching staff’s chops for making adjustments after losses. The players respond well to the feedback.

In a grueling NBA season, players get tired and slumps occur, so how did the Mavs avoid any three-game slumps? Depth. On paper, does it look like the Mavericks have a lot of it? Probably not. J.J. Barea signed as an undrafted free agent. Dorian Finney-Smith went undrafted. Maxi Kleber came over from Germany. Dwight Powell and Jalen Brunson were late second-round picks.

Many Mavs fans hoped the team would sign Danny Green, but he chose to join the Lakers. Instead, the Mavericks brought back Dorian Finney Smith on a three-year contract worth $12 million. DFS has become one of the biggest bargains in the league after his breakout season.

The Mavs’ ability to find and develop talent will allow them to pay Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis big money while still having room to bring in other impactful guys. With the young talent on the roster, what fans see now may not be what they see in terms of production in a few years. That should be exciting to supporters.

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