The Dallas Mavericks entered the offseason looking to bolster its frontcourt and retain Jalen Brunson. They accomplished one of those two goals as the Mavs traded for Christian Wood and used the majority of their mid-level exception on JaVale McGee, but Brunson decided to sign with the Knicks in free agency on a massive four-year deal worth north of $100 million.
The Mavericks were just in the conference finals, and fans know Luka Doncic is going to come back better than ever next season. The 23-year-old has a busy offseason of basketball for his home country of Slovenia, which should put him in top form entering training camp in Dallas.
With the calendar flipping to August, the offseason is almost over. Teams return for training camp next month. Two superstars remain on the trade block, but there was plenty of player movement this summer, and The Athletic took a way too early look at some power rankings (subscription required) on Aug. 3.
Where do Dallas Mavericks rank in The Athletic’s Power Rankings after offseason moves?
All 30 teams were broken into five tiers from rebuilding to championship contender. The Mavs were outside the top two tiers and were the top team in the “Playoff Teams” category. Dallas ranked eighth in The Athletic’s first power rankings of the season, and they were fourth in the Western Conference ahead of the Nuggets and Clippers.
The West is loaded next season with eight teams believing they can reach the NBA Finals. Two of those teams will be in the play-in tournament when it is all said and done. It is important that the Mavericks get off to a hot start, and they keep improving their roster throughout the 2022-2023 season.
The Dallas Mavericks have Luka Doncic, and they will be looking to take that next step. Dallas is fresh off a run to the conference finals, but the 23-year-old will not be happy with anything short of a championship. The Mavs are not quite ready to contend for one, but never count out number 77.