The Dallas Mavericks have not had an offseason to remember. Fans were upset that the front office let Jalen Brunson leave for New York without getting anything in return. Dallas was quiet otherwise. They traded for Christian Wood and used the majority of their mid-level exception on JaVale McGee. Both are frontcourt upgrades, but neither is a game-changer.
ESPN’s Kevin Pelton gave the Mavs the worst offseason grade (subscription required) in the Western Conference. He noted losing Brunson and not adding a replacement ball-handler leaves Dallas in a difficult spot. It is a fair point, but the frontcourt upgrades did not leave the Mavericks with the worst offseason in the conference.
The Athletic’s David Aldridge ranked the entire league by the offseason moves (subscription required) they made. It does not factor in players that were already on the roster and has zero predictive value. The Mavericks get zero points for having Luka Doncic. This ranking was strictly based on offseason transactions, so where did Dallas fall?
Where did Dallas Mavericks land in The Athletic's offseason moves ranks?
The Mavs fell 25th in Aldridge’s rankings, which was fair. It was not a strong summer for Dallas. They lost their second-best player in free agency and added a few role players to their roster. The Mavericks are arguably a better team, but they did not hit any home runs this offseason.
The Lakers, Jazz, and Spurs all ranked below Dallas in Aldridge’s list. To say, a team that entered a rebuild after six straight years in the playoffs or two teams that added only bench pieces were better than the Mavericks this summer would have been a mistake. Dallas did not have the best offseason, but they were better than the four teams listed above.
The Mavs may not be done making moves. They only have 14 players under contract for next season, and the front office would love to add another role player before training camp opens in late September. Nico Harrison has been exploring the trade market, but he has not found the right deal yet. Will he? Stay tuned to find out.