The Dallas Mavericks suffered their second loss of the year in a questionable outing against the Toronto Raptors.
As we see Mavericks newcomers, Dereck Lively II, Grant Williams, and Derrick Jones Jr. make a noticeable impact, fans are starting to question whether Josh Green and Maxi Kleber can make a similar impact.
Green and Kleber have been central figures on the Luka-era Mavericks, but it may be time to discuss the abilities and contributions of these two veterans and how much they've lacked this season.
Mavericks' new faces are quickly eclipsing impact of team veterans
Throughout this early NBA season, we've seen a few Maverick players step up a little more than we expected. As mentioned, Grant Williams, Derrick Jones Jr., and Dereck Lively II are all leaving their mark on the court and fans are noticing their impacts.
The contribution from the newcomers is what led me to question our veterans. Unfortunately, it's not a secret that we aren't seeing the same production and impact out of guys who proved themselves in past seasons.
We all recognize that the NBA is ultimately a business. In this competitive environment, veterans and newcomers must consistently produce on the court to secure playing time and contribute to the team's overall success otherwise, players and coaches will get moved.
Fans are flirting with moving some of the guys (Josh Green and Maxi Kleber) who helped the Mavericks get to the Western Conference Finals in 2022. It's a bittersweet feeling, but ultimately a move that the Mavericks must make if we're still prioritizing Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic's window.
As we scrutinize the performances of seasoned veterans and emerging talents, it becomes evident that the team, at its core, is a team where on-court contributions play a pivotal role in shaping playing time and longevity within the franchise.
Don't let the ongoing interplay between the coaches and starting lineup underscore the play of the Mavericks' newcomers. It's important for this team to find the right group to roll with either early in the game or late in the clutch.
Ultimately, fans still have hope for guys like Josh Green or Maxi Kleber to turn it around. Everyone can't start, but it's important to have depth and a rotation with chemistry.