After last season's struggle, it was no secret that the Dallas Mavericks needed to retool around their two superstars, Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic. The additions of forward Grant Williams and guard Dante Exum were much needed, but they didn't fully solve the Maverick's defensive lapses. They needed one more piece.
On August 18, the Mavericks would officially sign former Slam Dunk champion Derrick Jones Jr. The highflyer was ultimately signed to improve the Mavs' newly revamped defense and bring in more athleticism, which the team lacked the previous season.
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Jones Jr. will not only bring defense and athleticism to this refurbished roster, but he will also bring a veteran mentality and mentorship as he enters his eighth season in the NBA.
After Jones Jr. signed with the Mavs, it was announced that he chose Dallas over multiple contending teams. One of which was his former team from a few seasons ago, the Miami Heat.
Dallas was at the top of Jones Jr's. list for multiple reasons, One of which was his seamless fit within the Mavs' rotation. In addition, Jones Jr. mentioned how in years past a trade was in place where he would have been sent to Dallas. This presumed deal would have taken place during the 2019 NBA Draft but ultimately fell out due to complications with both Dallas and Miami.
It is apparent through three preseason games that Jones Jr. will have a role on this team as we tip off the regular season shortly. He may even be a starter.
With Olivier-Maxence Prosper's recent struggles to begin the season, it will be important for Jones Jr. to hit the ground running and have a successful season.
It will be crucial for the Mavericks' overall success that Jones Jr. has a successful season. Jones Jr. will likely have a role on the bench, but his connection with both Doncic and Irving, as well as other guards, will be important. The Dallas Mavericks will round out their preseason contests against the Detroit Pistons on October 20.
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