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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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Dallas Mavericks that will have career years in 2022-23 season: 3. JaVale McGee

McGee has won three championship rings, and the 34-year-old big man is entering his 15th year in the NBA. He averaged 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game during the 2018-2019 season with the Lakers. The seven-footer is a winner, but he has played over 22 minutes per game just three times in his NBA career.

It remains to be seen if he will top that number in Dallas. Head coach Jason Kidd named McGee the starter during summer league, but rumors suggest he will play 16 to 20 minutes per game.

Either way, McGee looks happy and motivated in Dallas. He wants to prove his first season with the Mavericks was an injury-riddled fluke while helping this team reach a new level. McGee adds rim protection and rebounding that Dallas did not have during their run to the conference finals. Could he block two shots per game? The Mavs do have anyone to take his minutes when they are looking for defense inside.

JaVale McGee is also one of the best roll men and lob targets in the league. He figures to get six to ten points per game off Luka Doncic lobs out of the pick and roll. Expect McGee to shoot near 65 percent from the field as he converts a handful of free looks from number 77 each night.

Add it all up, and the result is a career year for the 34-year-old big man.

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