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Ranking the Dallas Mavericks roster from most to least likely to stay

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Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Ranking Dallas Mavericks roster from most to least likely to stay: Helpful but tradeable

This group is two players with singular skill sets that help the Mavericks win games, but they would not think twice about moving either one for a more well-rounded option.

4. Tim Hardaway Jr.

THJ can get buckets. He spaces the floor, knocks down shots, and is willing to come off the bench for the team. The 6’5 wing provides plenty of offensive spark, but his defense is average at best.

It will be interesting to see if he sticks with the Mavericks this summer, and how much he plays if he does. Dallas won in the playoffs with defense. Can Hardaway Jr. step his game up on that end of the floor?

3. Frank Ntilikina

Ntilikina is the opposite. He plays stout perimeter defense, but his offensive skill set is a question mark. The 23-year-old was drafted as a point guard, but he is best suited to become a 3-and-D wing. Ntilikina is a below-average NBA shooter at this point in his career, but he has made significant strides over the last two seasons.

The Mavericks are going to guarantee the French Prince’s contract for next season as his continues to work on his game, but the team would be willing to trade him tomorrow for a ready-made 3-and-D wing.