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

By Nolan Fowler
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
5 of 5
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks outlook for the 2021-2022 season

The Dallas Mavericks have a wide range of potential outcomes this year. The Western Conference is loaded, but significant injuries to Kawhi Leonard and Jamal Murray have the Clippers and Nuggets potentially taking a step back. Can Dallas compete with Phoenix, Utah, and the Lakers at the top of the conference? Do they finish in the top six and avoid the play-in tournament?

Although the team failed to make a splashy free-agent signing or trade, it can be argued that the roster is incrementally better with the new additions and the expected internal improvement of some of the young talents. Dallas has additional depth at the very least, which could be massive in the playoffs.

It can also be argued that the Mavs did not do enough to surround Luka Doncic with a championship-contending roster and compounded that by hiring a coach with a controversial past.

It would not be a surprise if the Dallas Mavericks finish as a top-four team in the Western Conference with real championship aspirations. It also would not be terribly shocking if they ended up in the bundle of teams vying for a spot in the play-in tournament.

Next. Looking ahead to a potential Mavs trade deadline wish list. dark

The variance of outcomes makes this season a must-watch for Mavs fans.