The Dallas Mavericks open training camp with media day on Sept. 26. Practices start on Tuesday, but it begins with the players donning their uniforms for pictures, interviews, and the filming of some of the in-arena entertainment fans see throughout the season. Some players love media day and others are hoping to get it over with, but it is a lighthearted first day that gets things started.
The Mavs are fresh off a run to the conference finals, and superstar Luka Doncic plans on leading them even further this year. Jalen Brunson left in free agency, but the front office upgraded the frontcourt and improve the team’s depth. Doncic figures to be in the MVP race, but Dallas has questions to answer before they will be viewed as one of the top teams in a stacked Western Conference.
The Mavs only have 14 players under contract, and they have holes to fill. Can someone step up during training camp? That is one of the many questions that will be answered over the next three weeks, but what can fans learn on media day? Here are the four biggest questions to ask on Sept. 26.
Is Dallas Mavericks guard Frank Ntilikina healthy?
Ntilikina was supposed to represent France in EuroBasket 2022, but an unspecified injury ruled him out. No more information was given.
Fans will get to see Ntilikina, and head coach Jason Kidd will have to field questions about the team’s health heading into training camp. Will the French Prince be a full participant in camp? Should fans expect him to play on opening night? Those are things that will be answered on media day.
The Mavericks need Ntilikina to step up after Brunson’s departure. Spencer Dinwiddie will take JB’s role in the starting five, but they need Ntilikina to handle the ball and make plays in the second unit. He was overmatched in that role in New York, and the 6’4 guard must prove himself this season, so he cannot afford a late start to training camp.