The Dallas Mavericks began their preseason on October 5 and ended up losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-91. It was a sloppy game, but the Mavs got a solid showing from Jaden Hardy and Luka Doncic.
Rookies Dereck Lively II and Olivier-Maxence Prosper struggled a bit, but wasn't a horrible showing for their first-ever NBA action.
Dallas looks like they will be able to string together a solid season this year after missing the playoffs last season, and they need their new acquisitions to step up in a big way.
Every team has players that they wished they never let go or traded away, and the Mavs are no different.
Here are five players that the Mavericks will miss this season.
5. Reggie Bullock
The Mavs traded Reggie Bullock to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Grant Williams trade, but he could be a player that Dallas ends up missing more than people anticipate.
Over the last two seasons in Dallas, Bullock averaged 7.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 0.7 steals per game while shooting 37.0 percent from downtown. Bullock was a key defensive piece for Dallas and had a massive role for Dallas during the 2022 NBA Playoffs.
Bullock played nearly 40 minutes per night and was leaned upon tremendously for guarding the opponent's best guards. He stepped into that role beautifully and knocked down 2.9 3-pointers per game during that playoff run.
The main part of Bullock's game that will be missed most this season is his defense. Bullock was one of Dallas' only high-level guard defenders, and with his departure, Dallas will lean heavily on Prosper and Josh Green.
Bullock was recently signed by the Houston Rockets after being waived by the Spurs, and the Mavs will get to see plenty of him this season. This move was a bit of a shock, as it seemed like Bullock would go sign with a contender rather than a rebuilding team.
Dallas' first matchup against the Rockets is on November 28.