Ranking 5 tiers of the NBA Western Conference: Where do the new-look Mavs land?

After splitting up the NBA Western Conference into five tiers based on competitiveness, where do the Dallas Mavericks land?
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For the purpose of this article, we are going to assume the current Dallas Mavericks roster is the one they will begin the season with. While it is still possible that Nico Harrison has a move or two left up his sleeve, the likelihood of one developing before training camp is getting smaller by the day.

It has been a very eventful offseason thus far in the NBA. The Western Conference has added more talent and is even deeper than it was a year ago. The Mavs joined the acquisition party, adding multiple new rotational players to support Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving.

Ranking 5 tiers of the NBA Western Conference: Where do the Dallas Mavericks land?

Most notably, Dallas added Grant Williams, Richaun Holmes, Seth Curry, Dante Exum, Dereck Lively II, and Olivier-Maxence Prosper. While the only two notable players they lost were Reggie Bullock and Davis Bertans. Christian Wood still doesn't know what team he is playing for next season, but barring a shocking change, he won't be wearing a Mavericks uniform in the 2023-2024 season.

I've broken down the Western Conference into five categories. Those five categories are Contenders, Almost Contenders, In the Playoff Race, Dreamers, and Rebuilders. The criteria used for each team are based on where they finished last season, their notable acquisitions or losses this off-season, and their overall potential for this upcoming season.

So, with all the moving and shaking, where do the new-look Mavs fall?

Let's start things off by looking at the "Rebuilders" category.