Why Dallas Mavericks fans should be excited about the team’s preseason slate

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Why Dallas Mavericks should be excited about preseason schedule: 1. First look at Paolo

The Magic shocked the NBA world on draft night when they selected Paolo Banchero with the first overall pick. Orlando did not let their selection out of the bag, and the versatile 6’10 forward’s talent was just too good to pass up.

The first home game at the American Airlines Center this season sees the Mavericks facing the top overall pick. It will be a fantastic defensive test for the newly acquired Christian Wood. He needs to improve his defense for the Mavs to reach their ceiling, and taking on the talented rookie should be a strong benchmark of where he stands entering the regular season.

The Magic have a loaded frontcourt with Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter, Mo Bamba, and Jonathan Isaac all fighting for minutes. Will Isaac finally be healthy after missing two full seasons? Where does he fit into the team’s plans?

Facing Orlando’s talent should allow Dallas to measure where they stand entering the regular season.

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Yes, it is just preseason basketball, but Dallas Mavericks fans should be excited. The regular season opener will be here before supporters know it, and it promises to be a fun and exciting year with Luka Doncic leading the charge. Fans will not want to miss a second of the action, so please stay tuned.