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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 need a second star to win a title

It is a rarity for just one superstar to win a championship. One of the many things that made the Mavericks title in 2011 so special was Dirk Nowitzki lifting his team to a championship without a bona fide second star.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis won last season. The Raptors took home the title in 2019 with Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry. Golden State won three times with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. In two of those titles they were joined by Kevin Durant. LeBron had Kyrie Irving for his championship run in Cleveland and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for his two in Miami.

The Mavs are searching for a second star behind Luka Doncic. They traded two first-round picks for Kristaps Porzingis in 2019 believing he could fill that role. The 2018 All-Star has dealt with injuries during his two seasons in Dallas. KP struggled mightily in this year’s playoffs as he was slow to return to peak form following meniscus surgery. The Dallas Mavericks are going to need to get a second star to win a championship.

Is that the only missing piece for the Dallas Mavericks?

Next: A few pieces away