2. On-court fit with Luka Doncic
Last season, we saw how valuable it is to have a ball-handler next to Luka Doncic. Jalen Brunson was awesome, and the tandem made the Western Conference finals together.
Based on that information, Kyrie Irving should be a fine fit next to Doncic. But therein lies the problem. He’s a fine fit, not a great one.
Yes, Doncic needs ball handlers around him, but giving said ball handler a max contract restricts what Dallas can do with the rest of the roster. That’s not a great business model.
Doncic and Irving would almost certainly be able to find a way to win together, but investing two max contracts into two players who demand the ball seems foolish.
Irving can play off the ball, but he’s at his best with the rock in his hands. If the Mavericks shell out money for a max deal, it should be for someone who complements Doncic better.
Toward the end of this past year, there was way too much you-go, I-go offense with Doncic and Irving. And while that’s fine down the stretch of games, it shouldn’t be the Dallas Mavericks’ main form of offense.
The two stars could have some success, but the fit is a bit too clunky to warrant two max deals.