7. Met expectations: Dante Exum
Now, Dante Exum's season has been the opposite of Seth Curry's. The Australian guard has been a massive defensive asset for the Dallas Mavericks.
At 6-foot-5 with a lengthy frame, he can guard multiple positions. Exum thrives well in man-to-man defense, as he is not afraid to use his body to make it difficult for scorers and pester ball handlers.
On Saturday, he had his second start of the season. Against the Portland Trailblazers, he had 23 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. He recorded seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals on Wednesday against the Utah Jazz.
Coach Jason Kidd spoke about Exum's presence on the court. He mentioned his ability to find the open man, guard multiple positions, and connection with All-Star Luka Doncic.
Exum elaborated on his confidence on Friday. He mentioned how his teammates trusted him and kept encouraging him to shoot the ball.
He has merged into the exact type of player Dallas has been looking for. Exum can play both sides of the ball. Not to mention he can thrive off the bench or as a starter.
Exum has exceeded expectations as he has been out of the league for two years. He last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2020-2021 season.
Either way, Mavs fans are excited to have him on board as he is the perfect fit in Dallas.