3 reasons why the Dallas Mavericks will contend for the NBA Finals

Last season, the Dallas Mavericks missed the NBA playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Here is why the team can make it back to the postseason and reach the NBA finals
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3. Rejuvenated Kyrie Irving

The Dallas Mavericks accomplished one of their main offseason goals by re-signing Kyrie Irving to a three-year $126 million contract. The move came as a no-brainer, as Dallas was his top suitor this summer.

Last season, he averaged 27 points in 20 games for Dallas. He shot 51 percent from the court and knocked down 39.2 percent of his threes. In his Mavs' debut, he dropped in 24 points while shooting 52.9 percent. During April, he averaged 31.7 points, as he made 56.7 percent of his field goals.

Last month, he made his debut in the Drew League where he played for the Nationwide Souljas. In the game, he dropped in a triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.

Even Irving is excited to be back with Dallas, as he expressed the will to play winning basketball. In a recent tweet, he replied to a post stating that his 2016 NBA finals run was not given enough credit.

"I don’t want any credit or validation, I just want to get back to the STAGE and WIN.

Kyrie Irving

Irving is an eight-time all-star who has made an All-NBA team three times. Pairing him with a "skinny" Luka could be just the ingredient Dallas needs to get back to the promised land. The duo showed flashes of greatness last season and have the chance to put it all together this season.