The Dallas Mavericks have a full 20-player roster heading into training camp. Things kick off with media day on Monday with their first practice of the new season set for Tuesday. 20 is the maximum roster size at this point in the year, so making another move would involve the Mavs waiving or trading someone currently on their roster.
The Mavericks have plenty to sort out during training camp. They have just 14 players under standard contracts and one two-way contract available. Owner Mark Cuban has discussed keeping their final regular season roster space open to improve their in-season flexibility, but someone could grab that spot with an outstanding camp.
What should fans expect from each player heading into training camp? Here is a one-sentence expectation for each of the 20 men currently on their roster.
Tyler Dorsey (Two-way contract)
Sharpshooting wing that has won three straight league championships in Europe and was named Greek Cup MVP in 2022, whose defense will determine if he can crack the Mavs rotation or plays the majority of the season in the G League.
The Montana State alum will likely play for the Texas Legends in the G League this season after averaging 14.8 points 4.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.5 steals for the Westchester Knicks last year.
A 6’6 wing that will be competing for a two-way contract during training camp after averaging 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.1 steals in the G League last season.
McKinley Wright IV
An undersized point guard that played five games with the Timberwolves as a rookie, who will be looking to fill the Mavericks' playmaking role with a strong camp, but most likely heads to Frisco to play with the Legends.
Marcus Bingham Jr.
Undrafted rookie that struggled to play consistent minutes during his four years at Michigan State, despite his intriguing defensive potential, is destined to play in Frisco this season.
Undrafted rookie that is an intriguing 6’9 shot-blocker, who needs time to develop his game in G League.
Powell gets replaced by JaVale McGee in the starting five, but plays as the team’s backup center until slipping out of the rotation in the postseason.
The 6’5 wing keeps the team hyped from the bench as the Mavericks exceed expectations again in part because of Pinson’s locker room presence.
Sharpshooting big man plays more than fans expect, even with the Mavs added frontcourt depth.
Rookie sees most of his minutes with the Legends in the G League, but the 6’4 guard flashes his potential with a 20-point game in the regular season finale.
The 6’5 wing battles Ntilikina for minutes all season, but ultimately finds himself outside the Mavericks playoff rotation because of his lack of shooting.
Ntilikina is overmatched in a primary ball-handling role, and he forces the Mavericks to trade for a playmaker at the deadline.
The seven-footer starts at the five and makes a significant impact when he is on the floor, but he averages under 20 minutes per game.
Kleber’s streaky shooting continues, but he gets hot down the stretch and into the playoffs to help the Mavericks go on another run.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
The 6’5 wing finds his jumper and shoots over 40 percent from 3-point range before being traded at the deadline for another playmaker.
Bullock’s numbers do not tell the story as he serves as the Mavs second-best defender and key floor spacer for the second straight season.
Wood thrives in his sixth-man role, including dominating second units on his way to averaging the second-most points on the team this season.
Dinwiddie starts in the backcourt next to Luka, but head coach Jason Kidd staggers their minutes as the 6’5 guard averages over seven assists per game for the first time in his career.
Doe-Doe shoots over 40 percent from 3-point range and makes second-team All-Defense as the Mavericks finish the regular season in the top four in the Western Conference for the second straight year.
Number 77 is in the thick of the MVP conversation all season, and he leads the Mavs on a second straight deep postseason run while setting a new career-high in points per game.
The Dallas Mavericks reached the conference finals last year, and they plan on building on it in the 2022-2023 season. Fans should be excited because the best is still yet to come from Luka and the Mavs, so do not miss it.