Best snippets from Dallas Mavericks 2022 exit interviews

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Spencer Dinwiddie makes it clear that Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic will not out dunk him

Dinwiddie suffered a partially torn ACL in December 2020, and the surgery to repair it limited him to just three games in his final season with the Brooklyn Nets. The 6’5 guard inked a new deal with the Wizards in the 2021 offseason and was ready to play in the preseason. His nine-month recovery was impressive, but a contributing factor to his early-season struggles.

The Mavericks acquired Dinwiddie in the deadline day trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to Washington, and fans saw him improve as the season went on.

During his exit interview, Dinwiddie was asked about continuing his recovery and getting fully back for next season. The 6’5 guard mentioned supporters can expect to see a few more dunks before a reporter joke that Dinwiddie cannot have Luka out dunking him. He was quick to respond with the following.

"Nah. Listen, if you all want to have me back and I am fortunate enough to come back, that ain’t going to happen next year."

The 29-year-old guard said it with a smile, but Doncic did have more dunks this season. The Mavericks superstar notched seven during the regular season and eight more in the playoffs with Dinwiddie slamming in just four over his 85 total games played.

Spencer Dinwiddie should be healthier and more consistent next season as he approaches two full years removed from his ACL surgery. Expect him to remain in that sixth man role with his play improving as the Dallas Mavericks look to build on their successes.