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5 Dallas Mavericks storylines to watch in 2022-23 season

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Dallas Mavericks storyline to watch in 2022-23 season: 1. Will C-Wood buy in?

The Mavs traded a late first-round pick and four players that were outside their playoff rotation for Christian Wood this offseason. The 6’10 big man has immense talent, and he averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game over the last two seasons, but can he produce those numbers on a winning team?

Wood has never reached the playoffs, and the 27-year-old is eager to win as he enters his prime. Can he put up monster numbers on a contender? C-Wood has played well this preseason, but his defense will decide his fate.

Head coach Jason Kidd has preached defense from the moment he was hired, and Wood has struggled mightily on that end of the floor in his NBA career. Will the 6’10 big man buy into the system? If not, he could be playing 25 minutes per game and struggling to produce massive numbers.

Wood has said and done all the right things so far, but it is still early. Will it continue throughout the season? Coach Kidd certainly has his respect, and that could result in the best version of Christian Wood anyone has ever seen.

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The Dallas Mavericks are one of the most fun and intriguing teams in the league this season. Was their run to the conference finals a one-off or are the Mavs on their way to title contention status? Tune in to find out.