1. Dante Exum
The Dallas Mavericks' most underrated move of the offseason may have been when they signed Dante Exum to a two-year contract. There wasn't much buzz about the Mavs being interested in Exum to begin with, and fans weren't sure what to think.
Exum had been out of the NBA for multiple seasons, and when he was in the NBA, he couldn't stay healthy. It seemed like a questionable signing at the time, but he has quickly proved that he belongs in the NBA.
This season for Dallas, Exum is averaging 5.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 0.4 steals per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the field. By just looking at his stats, you wouldn't think that Exum is very valuable to Dallas. Averaging 5.8 points per game off the bench isn't an admirable stat in today's NBA, but everything else he does on the floor is why he has become a key part of the rotation.
Exum has been phenomenal on defense, and his high basketball IQ on both ends of the floor has made him indispensable. Exum does all the little things that are required to win, and his improvements while playing overseas are obvious.
Teams can hypothetically trade for Exum starting this week, but he is another player that I don't see Dallas giving up. Everyone in Dallas speaks highly of him, and his perimeter defense off the bench will be important down the stretch and in the playoffs.
For all the latest on Dante Exum and the Dallas Mavericks this season, stay tuned.