How the Kevin Durant trade impacts the Dallas Mavericks

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic
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How the Kevin Durant trade impacts the Dallas Mavericks: 1. Crowded title race

The Suns join a wide-open but crowded title race after trading for Kevin Durant. The Nuggets, Grizzlies, Clippers, Warriors, and Mavericks all believe they can win it out West. Boston remains the title favorite with the Bucks, Sixers, Cavaliers, and Heat joining them in the East. There is little separation among those 11 teams, and it will come down to which is playing their best basketball in the postseason.

The Suns certainly made the competition in the Western Conference stiffer for Dallas. How will the Mavericks guard KD, Devin Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton? Durant is sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out through the All-Star break, but he will return shortly after. The 34-year-old wanted to be in Phoenix to compete for a championship, and he got his wish.

Do the Suns win the championship because of it? They were in the NBA Finals in 2021, and now they have arguably the league’s best scorer. Sounds like a recipe for success, and one that no team wants to see in the first round of the playoffs.

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