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Dallas Mavericks: How close are they to winning a title?

Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks have the most difficult piece to find in building a title contender

Every championship roster in NBA history has certain elements. The most important and hardest to acquire is a top ten player in the league. The last ten championship rosters have featured Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, or Dirk Nowitzki. The Spurs title in 2014 is the last time fans could argue there was no top ten player on the roster. They did have a former one in Tim Duncan and a soon-to-be one in Kawhi, though.

The Dallas Mavericks already found the most difficult piece. Luka Doncic is a top-five player in the NBA right now. Look no further than him being named first-team All-NBA for the second straight year.

Doncic raises his game in the postseason like a true superstar. This year, he had three 40-point games in the first round. Luka averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds a night in the first round on 49.0 percent shooting from the field and 40.8 percent from 3-point range. He rendered two Clippers starters virtually unplayable with his performance.

Having Luka Doncic makes the Dallas Mavericks closer than at least 21 other teams in the league to winning the title. They will not be favored heading into next season, though.

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