The Dallas Mavericks made it clear during media day that their goal is to win a championship. Superstar Luka Doncic plans to lead them into title contention, and new head coach Jason Kidd will look to tweak the Mavs scheme to get the most out of the roster. Dallas has plenty of talent, but they have failed to advance past the first round of the playoffs since winning the title in 2011.
Luka is ready to win now, but he will need more from his supporting cast. Kristaps Porzingis struggled on both ends of the floor as the Mavericks lost in seven games to the Clippers last season. Coach Kidd placed an emphasis on communication and improving their defense. It will be interesting to see what impact the Hall of Fame point guard has on Doncic and the Mavericks.
If Dallas gets knocked out in the first round of the postseason for the third straight year, there will be changes to the roster. They need to build a title contender around Luka as soon as possible to keep him happy long-term, so here are five players facing a make-or-break season.
5 Dallas Mavericks players facing a make or break season
The make-or-break season tag comes in different forms. A few players are fighting for their NBA lives. If they struggle again this year, they may have trouble finding a roster spot going forward. Others are in danger of losing their role unless they step up and perform.
Here are five Dallas Mavericks facing a make-or-break 2021-2022 season.