The Dallas Mavericks plan on taking another step forward this season. They have made two straight playoff appearances, but have still not advanced past the first round since winning the championship in 2011. Superstar Luka Doncic has been outstanding in the postseason, but his supporting cast must improve to make a deep postseason run.
The Mavs added Reggie Bullock, Sterling Brown, and Moses Brown this offseason. They improved their wing depth, perimeter defense, and shot-making, plus picked up a developing center with oodles of potential. Dallas failed to land the marquee free agent they planned for, but the Mavericks still improved on the margins.
Their bench was an issue last season, especially in the playoffs. Here is a closer look at the numbers before determining three players that must step up for the Mavs to accomplish their goals this season.
Dallas Mavericks need bench production: What players are crucial?
The Mavs battled the LA Clippers for seven games in the first round of the playoffs before Kawhi Leonard and company took the series. It was a 336-minute fight that Dallas gained the upper hand in multiple times, but could not finish the deal. The Mavericks outscored the Clippers by seven points during Luka Doncic’s 281 minutes on the floor, but they lost by 43 in the 55 minutes he was resting. If the Mavericks bench treads water, they win the series.
The rotation will shrink during the playoffs. Luka, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Dorian Finney-Smith, and Reggie Bullock are expected to be the starting five. Here are three crucial players off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks this season.