Thing Dallas Mavericks front office should look to accomplish in 2023: 4. Upgrade at deadline
The Mavs must remember they have Luka Doncic and were just in the conference finals. Nobody expected them to make it, but their appearance raised expectations both internally and externally. Nobody will be satisfied if Dallas loses in the first round of the postseason in 2023.
Harrison and the front office fixed holes in the roster this summer. Getting back into the draft to select Jaden Hardy gave Dallas a second developmental player. If the 20-year-old reaches his ceiling, the Mavs have a potential star on their hands. Dallas also improved their frontcourt and fixed the team’s biggest issue in the postseason.
The loss of Jalen Brunson created a new set of holes. The Mavericks currently have just two ball-handlers on their roster. Head coach Jason Kidd plans to start both Luka Doncic and Spencer Dinwiddie, but he will have to stagger their minutes. Dallas had its most success last season with two playmakers on the floor, and they will need reinforcements to make that a reality in the 2023 playoffs.
Nico Harrison and the front office may need to get creative, but they should be looking to upgrade the roster throughout the year. The Mavs 2025 and 2027 second-round picks should be on the table as they look to add another playmaker. Expect them to wait until someone’s value drops as Dallas did in acquiring Dinwiddie before the trade deadline in 2022.