The Dallas Mavericks suffered back-to-back losses on Friday and Saturday to slip to 13-13 on the season. Superstar Luka Doncic is leading the league in scoring and finds himself squarely in the MVP race, but the production around him has been inconsistent.
The Mavs have lived and died by their 3-point shooting so far. Doncic is the best shot creator in the world, but the open looks have not always dropped this season. The up-and-down nature has resulted in wins over the best teams in the league and head-scratching losses. Still, nobody is looking forward to facing Luka and the Mavericks in the postseason.
Friday’s wild loss to the Bucks put 30 percent of the regular season in the books, which makes for a fantastic time to look at the roster and how everyone is performing. Here is a grade for every player after 26 games.
Dallas Mavericks grades after 30 percent of the season: Jaden Hardy
The 20-year-old rookie second-round pick has only played in six games thus far, and Saturday’s game against the Bulls was the first time he earned meaningful minutes. Hardy scored 15 points in 23 minutes with one steal and one block. That further proved what fans have seen in the G League to begin this season.
He averages 30.0 points per game for the Texas Legends and is the G League’s top scorer. The 6’4 guard is a bucket that has tremendous potential, even if he is not ready to help an NBA playoff team quite yet.
Jaden Hardy has not received a massive opportunity to prove himself yet, but the 20-year-old is ahead of schedule and has shown massive growth from his lone season with the G League Ignite. The Dallas Mavericks will search for opportunities to get him consistent minutes, so they can continue his development.