1. Positive - An injection of youth
Dallas Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison sought to flip the narrative of recent offseasons, and he did just that by adding young talent to a team that was desperate for an injection of youth.
Since Harrison's first offseason in Dallas, he made it a point to emphasize gathering young talent. The 2022 draft-night addition of Jaden Hardy proves this exact statement. The Mavericks had zero draft picks in the 2022 draft after trading their lone pick to the Houston Rockets for Christian Wood, but Harrison traded in and picked Hardy.
Following the 2022 offseason and disastrous 2022-23 regular season campaign for the Dallas Mavericks, they continued to gather young assets who fit the mold of needs on the roster. It started with the draft-night additions of rookies Olivier-Maxence Prosper and Dereck Lively II, then followed with the three-team trade addition of Grant Williams.
All three acquisitions will play a significant role for the Dallas Mavericks, O-Max and Williams will be asked to hunker down on the defensive end while also being complementary offensive players to both Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic.
Meanwhile, Lively II will be asked to anchor the center position and develop into a compatible future starting center. Lively II, however, could have the most reduced role out of the three aforementioned players. His rawness could prevent him from seeing the floor much to begin the 2023-24 NBA season.
Not to mention, Josh Green's elevation in the Mavs rotation could become an integral part if the Mavericks want to have any success throughout the season.
The Mavericks made it a point of emphasis to surround young talent around Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, but adding youth wasn't the only positive the Mavericks had in the 2023 offseason.