The Dallas Mavericks are sitting at 4-0 on the season after Wednesday night's victory over the Chicago Bulls, and they have completely flipped the script after missing the playoffs last season.
Dallas is silencing the national media that doubted them before the season, and Luka Doncic is leading this team to a phenomenal start without Kyrie Irving.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Grant Williams have also stepped up in a big way, and it is clear that Williams is the third-best player on the squad. He is an excellent defender and has been a great kickout option for Doncic on the perimeter.
Mavericks sharpshooter reveals crucial change team made over offseason
One of the biggest reasons that Dallas is playing considerably better this season is their quicker pace, and Hardaway Jr gave a glimpse into how Dallas was able to play much faster after Dallas' win over Chicago.
"You have to be in shape in order to play like this [fast]," Hardaway Jr. said. "Everybody in that locker room took that to heart [this summer]."
Dallas was notorious for playing slow last season, and many possessions included Doncic holding the ball for the majority of the shot clock and not pushing the ball in transition as much.
Doncic took his conditioning much more seriously this summer and didn't come into the season overweight as he had in seasons past. Him taking his conditioning to the next level was crucial for his development, as it has allowed him to unlock a new part of his game.
Doncic pushing the ball in transition helps everyone around him, and Hardaway Jr.'s comment about everyone putting in the extra work this summer is clearly true.
We'll have you covered with all the latest on Tim Hardaway Jr., Luka Doncic, and the Dallas Mavericks this summer, so stay tuned.