Are the Dallas Mavericks a top 3 team in the West?
No, the Mavs are not a top-three team in the Western Conference right not, but it is close. They are going to have an elite offense as long as Luka Doncic is running their show. The open shots will start falling, and Dallas will jump up the rankings quickly. That coupled with improved defense will make the Mavericks a difficult team to defeat on any given night.
The Golden State Warriors are 9-1 to start things and are not fully healthy yet. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green have that championship experience, and the Dubs are back.
The Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns are both likely to finish ahead of the Dallas Mavericks. Both feature veteran rosters that finished in the top two in the Western Conference last season. Rudy Gobert anchors the Jazz defense that will be difficult to score on with Chris Paul leading the Suns on both ends of the floor.
After that, the Western Conference is wide open. Right now, the Dallas Mavericks are the favorite to finish fourth, but there are a ton of games to play. One injury could shift the balance of power again, but right now, the Dallas Mavericks are a better team than last season, and they will be a force out West.
The Mavs have still not played their best basketball, despite a 7-3 start. They will make some improvements and start hitting shots. Hopefully, they finish in the top three because that is the easiest path to making a deep playoff run, which fans know is the only goal of superstar Luka Doncic.