The Dallas Mavericks got off a slow start to the 2020-2021 season. They were impacted by COVID, dealt with injuries, and some players underperformed as they sat 14th in the Western Conference after 21 games. Fans wondered if the expectations coming into the season were too high, but the Mavs have righted the ship. They won nine of their last 11 games to work their way back to eighth in the West heading into the All-Star break.
Superstar Luka Doncic is producing outstanding numbers and returning to the MVP race. His hopes of averaging a triple-double per game have been dashed, but Doncic was named an All-Star starter for the second straight year. He is well on his way to his second All-NBA selection as well. Luka continues to improve and should be even better following the All-Star break.
The Mavs have still underperformed in the first half of the season. How much? What can they do to improve? Let us take a closer look at each player and hand out some grades heading into the All-Star break.
Dallas Mavericks grades heading into the All-Star break
The grades will be based on performance versus expectations. Luka Doncic would get the highest mark if it was based solely on production, but everyone expects him to put up massive numbers. This article will feature all 17 players, plus an overall grade for the team. There will also be a discussion on each player’s performance and how they could improve in the second half.
Let us start with the four rookies and work our way to the Mavericks superstar.
Next: The rookies