Piece the Dallas Mavericks need around Luka Doncic: 5. Veterans
Coming into the 2020-2021 season, the Mavs roster had played a combined 142 playoff games with 48 of those coming inside the bubble in 2020. For reference, LeBron James has played 266 playoff games in his career. Kawhi Leonard has 135 on his resume or almost as many as the entire Mavericks roster.
Dallas needs to add veterans with playoff and championship experience. They did not employ a player that has won a title this season. Head coach Rick Carlisle had won championships as both a player and a coach, but he will not be back next season. Every team that wins a ring has veterans with postseason know-how. If the Mavs want to join that group, they must convince a few vets to sign in Dallas this summer.
To the Mavericks credit, they attempted to add J.J. Redick at the trade deadline to give them a veteran presence. Unfortunately, he was never fully healthy and missed the entire postseason with a heel injury.
In hindsight, they made a mistake letting J.J. Barea go during training camp. The veteran point guard was on the Mavericks 2011 championship team. He would have offered a ton of leadership and experience to the group. The front office chose Wesley Iwundu over Barea. Iwundu was traded to New Orleans to acquire Redick after barely playing. The Dallas Mavericks cannot make the same mistake this summer. They need veterans rounding out the roster.
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