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Dallas Mavericks: A casual fan's guide to the 2021-22 season

Nolan Fowler
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The Dallas Mavericks kick off the 2021-2022 season in Atlanta at the State Farm Arena against the Hawks.

The Mavs enter this season coming off a laborious first-round series loss against the LA Clippers and amid heightened expectations from a fan base that hasn't seen a Mavericks playoff series victory since winning the 2011 NBA championship.

Before the regular season tips off, here's a look at some of the major questions and new additions that will define Luka Doncic and the Mavs 2021-2022 season.

Can Dallas Mavericks stars Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis coexist?

Arguably the most pressing question for this Mavs season is the relationship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The duo’s subtle animosity spurred rumors of a possible Porzingis trade this offseason.

New coach Jason Kidd has lauded Porzingis for his work this offseason and has quashed any reported tension between Doncic and Porzingis, calling it “fake news.” 

Both Kidd and Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban have hyped up KP's prospects this season. The Unicorn has shared his excitement about a fresh role under the new coaching staff, and everyone is hoping he can regain his All-Star form.

Lineups with both Doncic and Porzingis on the floor have typically excelled offensively while being abhorrent defensively. That’s reflected in last season’s negative-1.6 point differential with both Porzingis and Doncic on the court, which was the third-worst on the team, according to Basketball-Reference.  

The relationship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis reigns as a crucial one for the Dallas Mavericks this season.