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Depth is key to Dallas Mavericks making another deep playoff run

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks have focused on adding pieces this summer after reaching the Western Conference Finals. They traded four players that were outside their playoff rotation and their 2022 first-round pick to the Rockets for Christian Wood to start the offseason. It freed up some valuable roster space to make moves. The Mavs wanted size and rebounding around superstar Luka Doncic after struggling mightily on the glass in the postseason.

They signed JaVale McGee, drafted Jaden Hardy, and brought back Theo Pinson. Dallas has 14 players under contract, and they appear to be in zero hurry to fill their final roster space. The Mavericks are over the luxury tax line and have just a minimum contract to hand out in free agency.

Dallas lost Jalen Brunson this offseason. He was the team’s second-best player during their run to the conference finals. They wanted to re-sign JB, but the Knicks swooped in and offered him over $100 million over four years. It was a significant loss, but do not count out the Mavericks next season.

Depth is key to Dallas Mavericks making another deep playoff run

Luka Doncic is still in Dallas, which means the Mavs will make the playoffs and be a feared opponent when they get there. They are not satisfied with that, though. The Mavericks reached the conference finals in 2022, and Doncic has his sights set on a championship.

Can they win one in 2023? Dallas lost their second-best player, but they added two rotation pieces to replace him and covered their biggest weakness from the 2022 playoffs. Are they better? Will they take this roster into the postseason in 2023? Here is a closer look.

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