10 Reasons the Dallas Mavericks will be back in NBA Finals next year

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, P.J. Washington
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, P.J. Washington / Adam Glanzman/GettyImages
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4. P.J. Washington showed flashes that he can be a reliable third option

When the Dallas Mavericks traded for P.J. Washington from the Charlotte Hornets at the 2024 NBA trade deadline, it was a move that every fan loved. This trade allowed the Mavs to shed Grant Williams who quickly wore out his welcome in Dallas while acquiring a player who fans wanted the summer before.

Washington's dream was to play for the Mavs, and Nico Harrison and company helped turn that dream into a reality by trading for him. Despite some shooting struggles early on, Washington showed that he is the perfect fit in Dallas.

He defends, shoots the three-ball well, and is satisfied with whatever role Jason Kidd assigns him. Washington is only focused on hooping, and he showed flashes during the 2024 NBA Playoffs that he could be the Mavs' third option on offense.

The Mavs desperately need a third scorer, and Washington showed he can be that when needed. He was electric as a 3-point shooter in Dallas' series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he progressively got more comfortable with shooting floaters as time went on.

If Washington can continue to develop on offense, the Mavs are set for the future with a big three of Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and Washington. He has the potential to turn into even more of an elite role player, and more consistency out of him next season will lead to more wins for Dallas.