Entering the 2023-24 season, the Dallas Mavericks have set themselves up for a potentially amazing season.
After the major disappointment from the previous year, the Mavericks look to have mended the many problems that derailed their previous season.
The offseason began with the draft night additions of Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper, as well as the center addition of veteran Richaun Holmes.
5 Dallas Mavericks players that will shock fans during training camp
As we inch closer to training camp, all of these players have been tagged with huge question marks.
Rookies Lively II and Prosper could potentially have a huge role if they show out during Mavericks training camp. Head coach Jason Kidd recently went on 'The Saturday Stein Line with Marc Stein' to confirm that there are still starting positions up for grabs.
"I look for those rookies to play a lot this season. They are going to be a part of our fabric. There could be a chance of one of them starting...I've talked to the coaching staff and Nico (Harrison) about starting Lively with Luka (Doncic) and Kai (Kyrie Irving) and Grant (Williams), and we'll see how that goes."- Jason Kidd
In addition, the Mavericks would take advantage of free agency and re-sign star point guard Kyrie Irving. They would also go on to acquire Grant Williams via a sign and trade. Williams will become an instant difference-maker on defense.
Furthermore, Dallas would sign Seth Curry, Derrick Jones Jr., and Dante Exum. All will likely have a preferred bench role, but each move surely bolsters the Mavericks bench.
As we are only days out from the start of the Mavericks 2023 training camp, we list five players who could potentially shock Mavs fans and have a better-than-expected training camp period.
5. Richaun Holmes
Richaun Holmes enters a critical season in his career. Entering his ninth season in the NBA, he has struggled with staying consistent as a player. In the 2020-21 season, Holmes would log his best numbers with 14.2 points per game.
However, his previous stint with the Sacramento Kings would end sourly. Holmes would ultimately be removed from the rotation entirely. This was largely due to the addition of Domantas Sabonis, but he wasn't playing great either.
Entering a new situation in Dallas, Holmes will look to capitalize on a lackluster center rotation and become the starter for next year's NBA season.
As previously mentioned, Dallas has not committed to a starter at the center spot yet and Holmes has an opportunity to surprise many and become the Mavericks starter on opening night against the San Antonio Spurs.
Nevertheless, Holmes has an opportunity to become a starter but won't be the only one fighting for that open starting position. Both Dwight Powell and Dereck Lively II will be fighting tooth and nail for the same position.