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5 Mavericks that will have career years in 2022-23 season

Dallas Mavericks, Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie, Frank Ntilikina
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The Dallas Mavericks reached the conference finals last season, but they are not satisfied. Luka Doncic wants to lead the team to a championship, and the 23-year-old superstar will tell everyone that is their goal.

Dallas was in the final four last year, but they lost Jalen Brunson in free agency. He was their second-best player and some believe the team will take a step back this season, but never count out Doncic. The front office upgraded their frontcourt, and the Mavs are primed to be back in the hunt.

To win the championship, the Mavericks will need multiple players to have career years. Fans will point to Josh Green breaking out or Jaden Hardy fighting into the rotation, but those players are only getting better. Same with Luka Doncic, but here are five players that will have career years this season.

Dallas Mavericks that will have career years in 2022-23 season: 5. Christian Wood

Wood averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 31.4 minutes per game over the last two seasons with the Rockets, but the 6’10 forward may not have to surpass those numbers for executives to view it as a career year.

The 27-year-old has never played in an NBA playoff game, so proving he is capable of contributing to a winning team could do more for his value than averaging 20 and ten on a rebuilding squad.

Wood is excited to play next to Luka Doncic and prove he can put up numbers on a contender. He is set to come off the bench to begin the season, but the 6’10 forward could play his way into the starting five and be the Mavericks' second-leading scorer this season.

Wood needs to improve his defense to stay on the floor, and doing so would play a factor in his career year. Can head coach Jason Kidd get the 6’10 forward to buy in defensively? If so, it could be a massive season for Christian Wood that gets him paid handsomely in the summer of 2023.