The Dallas Mavericks completed a short rebuild and have since made two straight playoff appearances with Luka Doncic leading their charge. The 22-year-old superstar has been in the running for MVP both years, but Dallas has failed to win a playoff series. The LA Clippers bested them both times, despite the Mavs holding 2-0 and 3-2 advantages last season.
Owner Mark Cuban shook things up this offseason by parting ways with general manager Donnie Nelson, which prompted Rick Carlisle to resign as head coach. Two of the three architects of the Mavericks 2011 championship team are gone as the organization has not won a playoff series since bring home the title. Nico Harrison and Jason Kidd are now in charge of bringing Dallas back into championship contention.
It is no secret that the Mavs believe they can win this season. They have one of the five best players in the world, that has proven he is capable of rising to any occasion, but the rest of the roster needs to help him reach the pinnacle. Here is a look at three key players that will dictate the team’s postseason success.
3 Dallas Mavericks players not named Luka Doncic that will dictate playoff success
The Mavs need Luka to be incredible, and he’s proven capable. The 22-year-old averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds in their first-round series against the Clippers last season. Dallas knows Doncic will rise to the occasion.
The Mavericks also need guys like Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, and Maxi Kleber defending well and knocking down open shots to make a deep playoff run. Dallas can survive off nights from those players, though. These three men will dictate the Dallas Mavericks’ playoff success.