The Dallas Mavericks have qualified for the playoff for two straight years with Luka Doncic leading the charge, but they were bounced in the first round both times. The 22-year-old averaged over 35 points per game and made history in the 2021 postseason, but it was not enough.
It has already been an offseason of turmoil for the Mavs. They mutually parted ways with general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson one day before head coach Rick Carlisle resigned. Owner Mark Cuban has two important hires to make in the weeks ahead. He must act fast because a crucial summer of roster building lies ahead too.
The Mavericks want to jump into title contention. Luka values winning over everything. To keep him in Dallas for the length of his NBA career, the Mavs must win championships. They need to improve the roster around Doncic to make that a reality, and it starts with acquiring the right players.
Dallas Mavericks must put the right players around Luka Doncic
Luka just finished his third NBA season with a second first-team All-NBA honor. It was clear from the moment he arrived in Dallas that the Mavs had drafted a generational talent. The front office has made moves to put shooting around Doncic but at the cost of getting more skilled basketball players. The Mavericks have too many spot-up options and not enough players that can attack off the dribble.
The Dallas Mavericks have not put the right pieces around Luka Doncic thus far. Here is a closer look at five things the roster needs to complement the 22-year-old superstar.
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