The Dallas Mavericks had an unbelievable preseason that saw them win all four games, including a 68-point victory over the Charlotte Hornets. Luka Doncic looked locked in before resting in the team’s preseason finale, and Kristaps Porzingis appears confident and healthy in his new role that helped the Mavs look unstoppable in the exhibition slate.
Dallas made significant behind-the-scenes changes this offseason. Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle left the organization after more than three decades of combined service. Nico Harrison was hired as general manager with Jason Kidd taking over as head coach. Kidd brought in a new coaching staff that has the team playing with joy and confidence.
There were rumblings about KP being unhappy this offseason and potentially have a rocky relationship with superstar Luka Doncic, but fans can put those in the rearview mirror. Here is a closer look at the latest.
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are all smiles heading into the season
Fans have seen and heard Porzingis talk about his excitement for the 2021-2022 season. The Unicorn has more freedom to attack in coach Kidd’s system, and the Hall of Fame point guard wants KP to be an All-Star again.
Fans can see Doncic and Porzingis having fun and enjoying playing with each other on the court. The 22-year-old superstar even posted this on his Instagram on Oct. 16.
KP has been spotted smiling a lot too this preseason. Yes, the Mavericks won all four preseason games, but it was more than that. The team is enjoying the new coaching staff and feeling good heading into the regular season.
What does it all mean? The Dallas Mavericks battled some behind-the-scenes issues last season, including injuries and COVID-related absences, but those look like a thing of the past. The entire team is happy and healthy entering the regular season, which could lead to a special campaign.
The Mavericks open the regular season in Atlanta against the Hawks on Oct. 21. Be sure to tune in to see if their preseason play carries over. Having a happy and healthy Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis makes Dallas a team no opponent wants to face, so do not miss a second of the action.