The Dallas Mavericks are fresh off a run to the Western Conference Finals, but the offseason has fans a bit worried. Jalen Brunson left for New York, and the team’s marquee free agent signing was JaVale McGee. The Mavs did trade for Christian Wood, but he may not even start.
Superstar Luka Doncic led his team to the conference finals when nobody was picking them, but how will the 23-year-old superstar deal with increased expectations? The West will be tougher with Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard, Zion Williamson, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr. all expected to be back from injury. Can Dallas make it back to the conference finals?
Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso joined The Old Man and the Three podcast, featuring former Mavericks guard J.J. Redick, to answer a host of question on July 15, and Caruso had a hot take about the Mavs. Let us take a closer look.
Alex Caruso makes surprising declaration about the Dallas Mavericks
They were discussing sleeper teams to make the NBA Finals next season, and Caruso went with the Mavericks. He mentioned the loss of Jalen Brunson before praising Jason Kidd, Jared Dudley, Greg St. Jean, and Luka Doncic. Caruso was on the Lakers with Kidd, Dudley, and St. Jean, and the 6’4 guard showed love for the Mavericks superstar and his continued improvement. Fans can hear what Caruso had to say below.
Caruso was right about at least one thing. Nobody will pick the Dallas Mavericks to reach the conference finals again. The Warriors and Lakers will dominate the headlines with the Clippers, Nuggets, and Suns getting mentions as potential NBA finalists. Nobody will be on Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks.
Do not count out the 23-year-old superstar. Yes, the Mavs lost Jalen Brunson, but they improved their frontcourt and depth heading into next season. The front office needs to make a few more moves, but no team will be looking forward to facing Doncic and the Mavericks in the postseason. If Luka reaches another level, things get even scarier for the opposition, so stay tuned.