The Dallas Mavericks are not where they expected to be with two weeks remaining in the regular season. They got off to a slow start as injuries and COVID issues threatened to derail their season. Superstar Luka Doncic was not going to let that happen. He has worked his way back into the MVP race as the Mavs are fighting to avoid the play-in tournament down the stretch.
Dallas was seventh in the Western Conference last season, and they could finish there again in 2021. The Mavericks are in a tight and everchanging battle with the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers for fifth through seventh in the West. Only the top six teams will advance directly to the playoffs. Teams seven through ten must take part in the play-in tournament this year. Fans can get all the particulars here.
The Mavs’ goal was to finish in the top four and have homecourt in the first round of playoffs. They are going to fall short of that. More importantly, this season has exposed some glaring holes in their roster that must be fixed this offseason if they plan on jumping into title contention.
Dallas Mavericks have roster issues that need to be fixed immediately
The Mavs are going to have cap space this summer, and they must use it wisely. Since making the Kristaps Porzingis trade in Jan. 2019, their roster has virtually been unchanged. Yes, Dallas signed Seth Curry and traded him for Josh Richardson. Arguably any move they made after the Curry signing has not worked out as planned.
The Mavericks have experienced internal growth, but they need to surround Luka Doncic with more talent if they are going to be a serious title contender. Here are five glaring holes the Dallas Mavericks need to fix this offseason.