The Dallas Mavericks appear two or three pieces away
Luka Doncic gained valuable NBA playoff experience the last two years, but the Mavs entered both series as underdogs. The Clippers were the deeper and more talented team both times. They had an unquestioned second star in Paul George and multiple role players to change things up during the series.
The Mavericks need a second star. They have a talented cast of role players beyond that, but they need to upgrade their roster slightly. Tim Hardaway Jr. was outstanding this season, but he is probably best suited as the fourth or fifth player on a championship squad. Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, and Jalen Brunson are all fine role players, but should not be relied upon as top options.
The Mavs need a secondary creator, a strong perimeter defender, and a second star. The first two could be the same player. Adding those three elements would push the Dallas Mavericks into title contention.
Being title contenders and winning are two different things. The Mavs would need the breaks to go their way to cap the season off by raising the Larry O’Brien trophy. The Dallas Mavericks are closer than fans think. They need to add a few more pieces to accomplish that goal. The Mavs did it for Dirk Nowitzki in 2011. Have faith they can repeat the feat with Luka Doncic shortly.