Did the Dallas Mavericks do enough to jump into title contention?
The Mavs improved their roster this summer. Reggie Bullock is an upgrade over Josh Richardson. Sterling Brown offers more defense and the potential to shoot over 40 percent from 3-point range. He replaces J.J. Redick, who made a limited impact in Dallas because he could not stay healthy. They improved and added two pieces that should fit well next to Luka Doncic.
The Mavericks are better than they get credit for too. They got off to a slow start last season because of KP’s injury and COVID keeping multiple rotation pieces out of the lineup. Dallas won 33 of their final 49 games after getting healthy. Winning at that pace over a full season would have put them third in the Western Conference. Dallas also had two chances to close out the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, but couldn’t make it happen. The Mavericks with Luka are difficult to defeat.
The Mavs will not be favorites in the Western Conference this season. They took a small step forward but did not do enough to be legitimate title contenders. Dallas would love to add a third star, but at minimum, they need another playmaker and a capable 15-point per game scorer. It is why they targeted Kyle Lowry.
Can the Dallas Mavericks make moves and get into the title picture in the 2021-2022 season?