The Dallas Mavericks made their training camp roster official on Sept. 21 as they prepare for media day on Monday and the start of practices on Tuesday. Dallas has a full 20-man squad heading into training camp, but they still have plenty to sort out before the regular season begins.
The Mavs still have an open roster spot and one of their two-way contracts available. Owner Mark Cuban talked about the team leaving their 15th spot open to improve their in-season flexibility. They will have six players in camp fighting for that final position, but will someone grab it?
The Mavericks have 20 players under contract, but their training camp roster is light on ball-handlers and playmakers. They improved their frontcourt this offseason, but Dallas lost Jalen Brunson in free agency. They do not have a JB replacement on their training camp roster, which will likely force the team to search for an upgrade from the outside before the trade deadline.
Dallas Mavericks set full training camp roster that is light in one area
Here is a look at the Mavs roster heading into training camp.
G: Luka Doncic, Spencer Dinwiddie, Tim Hardaway Jr., Frank Ntilikina, Josh Green, Jaden Hardy
F: Dorian Finney-Smith, Reggie Bullock, Christian Wood, Maxi Kleber, Davis Bertans, Theo Pinson
C: JaVale McGee, Dwight Powell
G: Tyler Dorsey
G: Tyler Hall, D.J. Stewart, McKinley Wright IV
F: Marcus Bingham Jr., Mouhamadou Gueye
The Mavs are expected to start Doncic and Dinwiddie in the backcourt, but they will have to stagger their minutes because they do not have a third ball-handler to come off the bench. Ntilikina and Green will have to pick up the slack, but neither is a primary playmaker.
Wright IV is the only player on a non-guaranteed deal that is a point guard. The six-foot guard averaged 18.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals in the G League last season.
The 23-year-old has a chance to snag the team’s final roster because they need a ball-handler, but it would be a short-term Band-Aid option. The Mavericks want to go on a deep playoff run in 2023, and they need another playmaker to make that a reality.
The Dallas Mavericks should be back in the playoffs and are one of the most exciting teams in the league this season. Luka Doncic will be must-watch and the Mavs are looking to build on the conference finals run. Fans won’t want to miss a second of the action, so be sure to tune in and enjoy the show.