Dallas Mavericks: Should they go star chasing or find more role players
The Dallas Mavericks are fresh off a season of growth. They jumped back in the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and proved they can compete with any team led by stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Oct. 15 (subscription required) that the Mavericks are “willing to take on large salaries from a team to acquire a star player”. That would give them three stars and vault Dallas into title contention.
This practice of putting together three stars is not a new trend. For every Batman and Robin duo fans have seen on NBA championship squads, there has typically been that unsung third hero that made the difference between winning and losing.
Analyzing the state of the Dallas Mavericks
Coming into the 2019-20 season, most people would have considered a first-round playoff exit a successful season for the young Dallas Mavericks. The team was far more promising than their 43-32 record and early playoff elimination would indicate, though.
The Mavs boasted the highest offensive rating in league history this year and manage to push the heavily favored LA Clippers to six games, even without Kristaps Porzingis in three of them. They gained valuable experience and showed fans what the team can do.
The Mavericks came into the bubble like a ball of fire. Last-minute free-agent pickup, Trey Burke, earned himself a respectable contract after an incredible stint for Dallas’ second unit. Tim Hardaway Jr. proved his new-found efficiency wasn’t a fluke, and he can thrive as a team’s third scoring option. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis continued to build on their strong seasons.
The team managed to do all this while not having its leading rim roller in Dwight Powell.