3 reasons why Olivier-Maxence Prosper is key to the Dallas Mavericks' season

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Dallas Mavericks, Olivier-Maxence Prosper
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1. Hard work and passion won't be in question for Olivier-Maxence Prosper

During Olivier-Maxence Propser's junior year at the University of Marquette, two things were never in question, and that was his hard work and passion. This was apparent during his Summer League run.

During the Las Vegas Summer League, it became a common sight to see O-Max dive for errant balls and even throw his body on the floor to scrounge for loose balls. These plays within the margins will set him in high regard for Jason Kidd when he is deciding on the opening night rotation.

The Dallas Mavericks lacked one singular player who would dive for loose balls during last year's atrocious season, and in large part, this is why they ranked among the league's worst in defensive rating, sitting at a mere 26th in the league.

Having O-Max on the floor will not only become a defensive plus, but his ability to play at a nonstop pace will make him a prime target to stick on some of the league's best players. Unfortunately, he could have some setbacks.

Similar to Josh Green's struggles of getting in foul trouble early, we could witness this with Prosper's game as well. His lack of experience, along with his aggression could make him a prime target for pump fakes and other ball fakes that could throw off his vision. This will be something that Prosper will need to learn as he progresses and develops in the NBA.

There are plenty of question marks surrounding O-Max's game, and one of those questions is will he become a day-one rotation piece? How much will he contribute? And how will his defense translate at the pro level? These questions we just simply won't know the answer to until the NBA season is finally here.

One thing is for certain though, Prosper should have a role on day one for the Dallas Mavericks. His lockdown defense mixed with his likeness alongside Luka Doncic will make it hard for Jason Kidd to restrict his minutes.

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