Dallas Mavericks failed to build around Luka Doncic last offseason
The Mavs had a long list of problems this year from their roster build to the Christian Wood saga to letting the roster stagnate. The biggest may have been losing their second-best player with zero return alongside failing to address the issues from the 2022 playoffs.
Dallas tried to add a new starting center, but JaVale McGee last just five games in the rotation before he was benched. That forced head coach Jason Kidd to turn back to Dwight Powell. The rebounding and rim protection issues returned, and Dallas failed to address them before the trade deadline.
The Mavs also went away from what propelled them to the conference finals. They took off after trading Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie. The surprising blockbuster gave Dallas three capable ball-handlers and playmakers to run their offense. Teams could not just sell out to stop Luka, but the Mavericks failed to add a replacement playmaker after Brunson’s departure for New York.
After they struggled to begin the year, the Dallas Mavericks made a panic trade to get Luka Doncic a co-star, but that created a whole new set of issues that the front office failed to address.