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Dallas Mavericks: Grading the 2021 offseason

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Grading the Dallas Mavericks overall 2021 offseason

The Mavs improved the talent and skill on their roster this summer. They added shooting, perimeter defense, and floor spacing, but failed to fill all of their holes. Dallas still needs another playmaker and ball-handler that can run things when Luka Doncic needs a rest.

The Mavericks may believe Jalen Brunson can grow into that role, but he struggled against the Clippers in the playoffs. Can he take another step forward in his fourth NBA season, and fill that need for Dallas?

Missing out on all the marquee names was disappointing, and it ruined the Dallas Mavericks’ chances for a few years. They will be capped out as Luka’s extension kicks in at the start of the summer of 2022.


The moves as a whole all make sense. Dallas was trying to improve their roster and could not land a big-name free agent. Instead, the Mavericks added Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown to improve their wing depth. It was a solid summer, but a bit disappointing. All told, the Mavs earned a B-minus grade for the 2021 offseason. It did not go as planned, but Dallas is better.

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