Why Trae Young could be the second star Dallas Mavericks acquire next to Luka Doncic

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Trae Young
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Trae Young is the exact piece Dallas Mavericks are searching for next to Luka Doncic

Young’s abilities to handle the ball, make plays, take pressure off Luka, and space the floor make him the ideal backcourt partner for number 77. Teams could not afford to collapse into the paint to stop a Doncic drive with Young spotting up on the weak side. He would swish a wide-open 3-pointer or attack a closeout for an easy bucket. The duo would put even the best defenses in a blender and give them nightmares for weeks.

Dallas wants to use their draft capital to acquire a second star in the summer of 2023. Who better than a 24-year-old point guard that just made third-team All-NBA last season? Young is an unquestioned superstar that is on a rookie max extension. They could form a dynamic duo for the next decade and instantly jump into title contention.

If Young requests a trade in the offseason, the Hawks would likely head into another rebuild. The Mavericks would be able to offer four first-round picks and three swaps to acquire Trae Young. It would be a massive haul that would be difficult to turn down, but there will be other suitors too. Atlanta is certainly a situation to watch this season and beyond.

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The Dallas Mavericks are eager to upgrade their roster around Luka Doncic, and it will likely begin before the Feb. 9 trade deadline. Can the Mavs find another piece that helps them make a playoff run this year? Will they acquire a second star in the offseason? Stay tuned to find out.