Unheralded Mavericks guard poised to 'win games' for Dallas in Finals

Dallas Mavericks, Jaden Hardy
Dallas Mavericks, Jaden Hardy / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

With just a couple of days left before the NBA Finals tip-off between the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics, fans have never been more eager for a finals matchup. With the Celtics sweeping the regular season matchup with the Mavericks, fans don't know what to expect come Game 1. However, fans can expect the Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic feud to continue if what Chandler Parsons said earlier this week is true.

Obviously, Doncic and Porzingis were former teammates for multiple seasons before Dallas traded Porzingis away during the 2022 season trade deadline, and the duo never lived up to their high expectations.

As the NBA Finals loom, fans have looked for ways the Mavericks can get an edge over the favored Celtics. One way Dallas thinks they can have the edge over the Celtics is in bench production. After exploding onto the scene during the Western Conference Finals, Jaden Hardy seems poised to have a potentially massive role during the NBA Finals.

Jaden Hardy is poised to 'win games' for Dallas in Finals

After a promising rookie season, Hardy fell out of the rotation for large portions of the Mavericks regular season. However in the playoffs, Hardy has played some of the best basketball of his young career. During Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, Hardy had his best playoff game to date by scoring 13 points off the bench.

Since Hardy's Game 4 explosion, the NBA world has been put on notice for what Hardy can potentially bring to the table in Dallas. Utah Jazz guard and former Sixth Man Of The Year winner Jordan Clarkson is a big believer in what Hardy can bring to the table on the biggest stage. Clarkson recently tweeted "Hardy will win games in this finals series."

Getting high praise from one of the league's best role players should be a great honor for Hardy. Over the last month, Hardy has showcased that he has the ability to become a potential X-factor for years to come in Dallas. Last season, Hardy displayed solid 3-point shooting and the ability to slash off of hard closeouts, and during this playoff run, fans have been gifted with more Hardy highlights.

With the Finals just days away from tipping off, Hardy is poised to be in a great position to contribute in a winning way. Hardy will help Dallas in an area where they are already loaded, which is bench production.

If Hardy can have yet another explosive series against the Boston Celtics, the Mavericks could be well on their way to winning a second Larry O'Brien trophy. For more updates on Jaden Hardy and Dallas Mavericks basketball, stay plugged in.