The Dallas Mavericks won six straight games to close the 2022 calendar year thanks to an all-time great stretch by Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old superstar averaged a 42-point triple-double during this stretch, which featured three 50-point games and a never-before-seen 60-point 20-rebound triple-double. Dallas has been shorthanded, but Luka willed them to victory.
The Mavs enter 2023 back in the top four of the Western Conference and are ready to make a run. They were one of the league’s best teams to close the 2021-22 regular season before reaching the conference finals. Dallas wants to make another deep playoff run as they look to build a championship team around Doncic.
With the calendar flipping over to 2023, it is the perfect time to make some changes. Whether it is making a small improvement or a massive adjustment, everybody can do something. Here are five things the Mavs should be looking to improve in the new year.
Dallas Mavericks 2023 New Year’s Resolution: 5. Get healthy
The Mavs have run off six straight wins without three of their best defenders. Maxi Kleber suffered a torn hamstring in practice that will cost him months of action. He had surgery, and there are zero guarantees that he will return this season. Josh Green has missed 12 straight games with an elbow sprain, but he is slowly improving. Dorian Finney-Smith suffered an adductor injury that forced him to sit out six games already, and he is still weeks away from returning.
The Mavericks need Luka Doncic to be otherworldly every night to have a chance without three of their best defenders. The 23-year-old superstar has answered the bell so far, but he cannot consistently keep doing that. He is shouldering a massive workload that needs to be lightened.
Green and Finney-Smith should be back at some point in January. The Mavs need to stay healthy between now and then, and keep it that way when their wings get back in the lineup.