10 Greatest NBA Finals performers in Dallas Mavericks history

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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4. Kyrie Irving

Despite being an underdog against the Boston Celtics in this year's Finals, the Dallas Mavericks offered fans with high optimism of winning the championship because they had a potentially legendary duo in Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

Irving also has one championship under his belt and had incredible performances in his past Finals appearances, where he scored 27.7 points per game on a 46.8% field-goal percentage. Unfortunately, the former Cleveland Cavaliers champion became the Mavs' problem instead of their hero early on in the series.

Boston limited Irving to 19.8 points and 5.0 assists per contest and 41.4%. Even so, his scoring average is still greater than what Dallas' players not named Dirk Nowitzki recorded in the 2011 Finals. Additionally, the Celtics probably would have swept the squad if it had not been for Kyrie taking some of the offensive load from Doncic.

The eight-time All-Star also tied the highest-scoring performance by a Maverick in the Finals when he poured in 35 markers in Game 3. He matched Jason Terry's 35-pointer in the fifth meeting of the 2006 championship. He then scored 21 points in 30 minutes in Dallas' blowout victory over the Celtics in Game 4.

Irving may have failed at helping the Mavs bring home the Larry O'Brien Trophy, but the organization is in good hands with him as Doncic's sidekick and one of the young squad's leaders.