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Dallas Mavericks: Ranking the 5 biggest threats from the Western Conference

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The Dallas Mavericks finished tied for the eighth-best record in the NBA last season, but it landed them fifth in the Western Conference. Superstar Luka Doncic was lights out in the playoffs, but it was not enough as the Clippers topped Dallas in the first round for the second straight year. The Mavs are looking to take the next step and become title contenders this season.

They failed in their pursuit to add a third star this offseason. The Mavericks instead filled their holes on the wing by signing Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown. Dallas also has a new general manager and coaching staff after the departures of Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle. Will their additions be enough to help the Mavs take the next step?

For Dallas to move up in the standings, other teams have to move down, so who are the biggest threats to the Mavericks in the stacked West? Let us take a closer look.

Ranking the Dallas Mavericks biggest threats in the Western Conference

It is no easy task narrowing it down to five as potential powers Golden State, Portland, and Memphis failed to make the list. The Warriors should get Klay Thompson back, and they added two lottery picks and improved their depth in free agency. The Trail Blazers and Grizzlies both have outstanding point guards making them never easy to defeat. The West will be loaded again, and there is going to be no easy first-round playoff matchup.

Here are the biggest threats to the Dallas Mavericks finishing in the top five in the conference this season.