With the Milwaukee Bucks winning the championship, it is time to look ahead. Here are five bold predictions for the Mavs in the 2021-2022 season.
Dallas Mavericks bold prediction for 2021-2022 season: 5. Luka wins MVP
I am not sure if this prediction classifies as bold, but for most players, it would. Luka has put together back-to-back MVP-type campaigns. However, that first MVP trophy still alludes him. This all changes in 2022 as fans will see a hungrier and even better (yes, that is possible) Doncic take the floor for the Dallas Mavericks next season.
Dallas Mavericks bold prediction for 2021-2022 season: 4. KP is an All-Star
It is safe to say that since arriving in Dallas, Kristaps Porzingis has underperformed. All eyes will be on him next season as he is expected to be that clear-cut No. 2 for Luka.
In 2022, Kristaps is that and more. He will need to harness all of that doubt and criticism and use it as motivation to level up his game. The talent is there. It’s all about unlocking it and remaining consistent on a nightly basis.
Dallas Mavericks bold prediction for 2021-2022 season: 3. Finish top 2 in the Western Conference
Fans saw the Dallas Mavericks finish with a record of 42-30, which was good enough for the fifth seed in the West. There are a lot of factors that will go into this Mavs team being better than last year. However, impactful decisions have already been made to the front office and the coaching staff. And with rumors that the Mavs will be busy in free agency, supporters can expect this roster to be retooled and ready for a run in 2022.
Dallas Mavericks bold prediction for 2021-2022 season: 2. Kidd wins Coach of the Year
As a head coach, Jason Kidd has a career win-loss percentage of just .491 in five NBA seasons. So this might be the boldest prediction on the list.
Kidd’s reunion with the Mavs is already quite the story and fans can bet he is motivated to change his narrative as an NBA head coach. One of the bigger tests for Kidd is unlocking Kristaps Porzingis’s potential and helping him flourish in his offensive system alongside Luka Doncic.
Dallas Mavericks bold prediction for 2021-2022 season: 1. Advance to the Western Conference Finals
After back-to-back early postseason exits, the Mavs finally make some real noise in 2022. Will they advance to the Finals? Not sure, but with a revamped roster, an unlocked KP, and an otherworldly talent in Luka, the sky is the limit.
Obviously, a lot still has to go right such as injuries, development, etc. for this to even come to fruition, but it all can happen if the right moves are made heading into next year. This again shows just how pivotal of an offseason this is for the Dallas Mavericks.