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Dallas Mavericks: Who is untouchable, worthwhile, and expendable?

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks are off to a disappointing start to the 2020-2021 season. For a team that had aspirations of entering the upper echelon of the Western Conference, they now find themselves in tenth place, and that is after a stretch where the Mavs won five of seven.

Before that run, the Mavericks were in the doghouse of the West, ranking as low as 14th in early February. The natural thing to do is to overreact, and that is the intent of this article. Dallas should get rid of half their roster.

In all seriousness, it’s too soon to panic. Luka Doncic and the Mavs are less than 40 percent of the way through the regular season. It is nevertheless a good exercise to determine who on the roster are mainstays and which players could be considered fluff. When figuring out who is essential and who can be weeded out, one has a much clearer picture of what the organization has to work with and a skeleton of which the roster can be constructed around moving forward.

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Dallas Mavericks roster breakdown: Rookie omissions

The Mavericks have four rookies on their roster. They drafted Josh Green, Tyrell Terry, and Tyler Bey. Dallas signed Nate Hinton minutes after the draft concluded.

In the interest of fairness, perhaps a 28-game sample size is too little a body of work to hold against the rookies. None of the four players from the Mavs rookie class have gotten meaningful playing time apart from Josh Green. Even in limited run, none of the four has done anything to inspire the fanbase or force fans to view any of them as anything more than project players, including Green. For that very reason, consider their grade an incomplete.

The rest of the players will be broken down into one of three categories. Who is untouchable? Which players should the Dallas Mavericks consider expendable? Who is worthwhile? Let us take a closer look.

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