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5 things Dallas Mavericks should be thankful for in 2022

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks are just 9-8 to begin the 2022-23 season, but they have only finished 20 percent of the year. Superstar Luka Doncic is leading the NBA in scoring and in the MVP conversation, despite the team's slow-ish start. He does something special seemingly every night, but the Mavs need to get him more help if they want to become true title contenders.

The Mavericks are spending Thanksgiving away from home. They lost to the Celtics in Boston on Friday night before traveling to Toronto ahead of Saturday’s game against the Raptors.

With the holiday in mind, let us forget all the negative things surrounding the team right now and focus on the positive. The Mavs were just in the conference finals, and fans have plenty to be thankful for this year, including Luka Doncic and Dirk Nowitzki.

Thing Dallas Mavericks fans should be thankful for in 2022: 5. Dirk Nowitzki

Dirk may not be suiting up for the Mavs on a nightly basis anymore, but fans should be thankful for his career and him remaining as part of the organization. Nowitzki often watches practices, and he is close with Luka Doncic. The Mavericks GOAT also continues to do charity work worldwide as he is loving the retired life.

Dirk will have his statue outside the American Airlines Center unveiled just before the Christmas Day home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. It will be another opportunity for supporters to celebrate Nowitzki and all he has done for the Mavericks. Fans should be thankful to have that day this season and for that Christmas Day home game.

Dirk Nowitzki had his jersey retired by both the Dallas Mavericks and the German National Team this year. Fans enjoyed both ceremonies and loved honoring the legend. They were just two more of the countless reasons to be thankful for the Tall Baller from the G this year.

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