Ranking the 8 worst starters of the Luka Doncic era

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Dallas Mavericks, Willie Cauley-Stein
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1. Willie Cauley-Stein

Willie Cauley-Stein was drafted with the sixth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and had the potential to turn into an All-Star center. He just never panned out.

The Mavericks traded a second-round pick for him back in 2020, and he played in 84 games and started in 20 of them. In those 20 starts, he averaged 6.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game.

His time in Dallas was very forgettable, as fans were super excited when they traded for him. People thought that he would be the starting center they needed. He was athletic, a good rim protector, and in his mid 20's.

Dallas had needed a center like that for awhile, and everyone's hopes were high for the once-hyped big man.

But Cauley-Stein's game never really developed in the NBA. His game looked raw, he was inconsistent and looked unmotivated. He had as much potential as anyone, but never got anywhere close to his ceiling.

The only active Maverick on this list ended up being Dwight Powell. Frank Ntilikina was also an active player for the Mavs over the last two years but signed with the Charlotte Hornets this summer.

Dallas is in a good position to return to the playoffs this season, and they've made great offseason moves to solidify their roster around Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. We'll have you covered with all the latest news and rumors surrounding the team, so stay tuned.