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Dallas Mavericks: Where must they improve to become title contenders?

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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How can the Dallas Mavericks become title contenders?

There is no set path to title contention. Teams build their way to it through multiple avenues, but the Mavs need to plug their holes. They have their superstar but need more top-tier talent to jump into title contention. Dallas could add another All-Star or multiple quality starters to reach that level. The Mavericks also must improve their defense and find a secondary creator that can take some of the pressure off Luka Doncic.

They were building for the 2021 offseason with dreams of signing a third star and becoming title contenders for the next decade. The Mavs had their sights set on Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he re-signed with the Bucks and the free-agent class dried up quickly.

Dallas will have cap space this summer but will remain light on tradeable draft picks that could help them acquire a star. The Mavs could be forced to add multiple roles players over one elite talent this summer.

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Owner Mark Cuban and GM Donnie Nelson must find the pieces that make the Dallas Mavericks title contenders. It will not be an easy task, but they could build a title challenger in multiple ways. Solving the puzzle is the team’s goal before Luka’s rookie max extension kicks in. Stay tuned because the Mavs should be active and aggressive in the coming months.