Ranking the Dallas Mavericks' wing options for 2023-24 season

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The Dallas Mavericks have started the 2023-24 season on a high note. The team is 2-0, with back-to-back wins against the San Antonio Spurs and the Brooklyn Nets.

Luka Doncic's dominance has been a big part of the Mavericks' success. In the first game, he dropped in a triple-double with 33 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. He upped his performance in the second game as he scored 49 points on 64 percent shooting.

Other players like Kyrie Irving and Dereck Lively II have also been crucial. Irving is averaging 19.5 points and 6.0 assists per game. Offensively, he has done well finding the open man and driving to the lane.

Ranking the Dallas Mavericks' wing options for 2023-24 season

However, Irving has struggled to find his shot. He is shooting 39 percent this season and 16.7 percent from behind the 3-point line. Despite his struggles, Irving continues to make progress. Against the Spurs, he poured in 10 points in the fourth quarter.

As for Lively II, he is shooting 91.7 percent from the field. He does a great job using his body to score down low and is a great lob catcher.

Additional starters like Grant Williams and Derrick Jones Jr. have struggled to find their offensive flow. In the first game, Williams poured in 17 points on 50 percent shooting from behind the 3-point line. He struggled in the second game, as he had five points on 33.3 percent shooting.

Jones Jr.'s numbers have been quite the opposite. He started in two games and has averaged less than 2.5 points per game in 13 minutes.

So, if Jones Jr. continues to struggle, what are the chances Mavs head coach Jason Kidd will start someone else at the small forward spot? Could Kidd look elsewhere? What other wing options does he have?

Here we rank Dallas' options on the wing.

4. Olivier-Maxence Prosper

One player who started preseason but has yet to see in-season action is Olivier Maxence Prosper. The Dallas rookie played in all four preseason games for the Mavericks.

In the offseason, Coach Jason Kidd reiterated the team's plan for rookies Dereck Lively II and Prosper. He mentioned the likelihood of one of them starting and how they would be a big part of the team's plans.

However, this hasn't been the case for Prosper.

The Dallas rookie averaged 16 minutes per game during the preseason. He poured in 4.5 points per game and 3.2 rebounds. Against the Detroit Pistons, he scored seven points and pulled in five rebounds.

He is an aggressive forward who isn't afraid to attack the lane and take shots.

In the video above, you can see his aggressive style. He can use his big body to power defenders down low.

Prosper's quick play and fearlessness to let it fly would have been a valuable asset to Dallas last year, as they were one of the highest three-point shooting teams.

Defensively, he still has some work to do, as he sometimes struggles to contain players on top of the key. If Prosper can learn to utilize his length, why not play him more?