Can Zach LaVine help the Dallas Mavericks win?
The goal of acquiring a second star is to take the Mavs from good to great. They reached the conference finals last season and are on pace to make the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Luka Doncic is that good, but becoming a true title contender will take a second All-Star on the roster that can push them to another level.
Zach LaVine can certainly put up numbers, but does he help them reach title contender status? During his two All-Star seasons in Chicago, the Bulls were 63-62 with LaVine on the floor. They have won just over half of their games or a 41-win pace for an entire season. Despite, all the numbers and accolades, LaVine has played in one playoff series, and it was last season when Chicago lost to the Bucks in five games with the 6’5 wing missing the final game in the health and safety protocols.
DeMar DeRozan is a fantastic player, but he is not Luka Doncic. LaVine is not the best defender, but he has more size and athletic ability than Jalen Brunson. Dallas reached the conference finals with JB playing off Doncic. Any defensive concerns the Mavericks would have with LaVine are overblown. The two-time All-Star would buy into head coach Jason Kidd’s scheme, and the Mavericks would be able to outscore even the best teams with two stars.
Zach LaVine would improve the talent in Dallas, and any concerns about the team winning are just noise. Adding skilled players is always a recipe to win basketball games, and nobody is questioning LaVine’s talent, but the biggest worry is the 27-year-old staying on the court.