4. Media and fan attention
As we look through early power rankings created by national media or the latest Vegas betting odds, it becomes evident that the broader narrative is against the Mavericks, suggesting a mediocre year.
There may be no bigger international star when it comes to Doncic, which naturally draws media attention towards this Dallas team.
As fans know, the prestigious MVP award is voted on by a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the country. This means media coverage is essential for winning MVP.
If no one is watching, no one is voting.
Media coverage often brings forth narratives, and the Mavericks already find themselves entangled in one, particularly with the presence of star Kyrie Irving and the prevailing skepticism that this duo won't be able to coexist effectively. If Doncic can prove these doubts wrong and demonstrate that this partnership can thrive, he will add another compelling dimension to his MVP case.
Anticipate a shift in the narratives if the Mavericks maintain their early winning streak. As fans, we look forward to witnessing other individual players on the Mavericks excel while their chemistry continues to develop.
Despite all of the early hate that Luka and the Mavs received from the media, all eyes have been on Doncic through Dallas' first three games.