Did the Dallas Mavericks improve this offseason?
Jalen Brunson is a unique player that blossomed under head coach Jason Kidd. The 6’1 guard uses his strength and change of direction to get inside and hit seemingly impossible shots over defenders. He thrives in tight windows and is a master at creating just enough space to score. Brunson’s ability to handle the ball and make plays will be sorely missed, even if Dallas has Spencer Dinwiddie to replace him in the starting five.
Is the Mavericks roster better than it was during the 2022 playoffs? It is certainly deeper. Christian Wood and JaVale McGee give Dallas two capable big men that can rebound the ball. Wood can attack the rim or space the floor, and McGee figures to catch plenty of lobs from Luka Doncic.
The Mavs will also have a healthy Tim Hardaway Jr. and an intriguing young prospect in Jaden Hardy.
Coach Kidd will have more options to use next season. Can Wood replace JB as the team’s second-leading scorer? Who steps up and fills Brunson's leadership role in the locker room? Does the roster mesh and keep up the “immaculate vibes” without the guy who coined the phrase? There are plenty of questions, but Dallas is a deeper team heading into the 2022-2023 season.