The Dallas Mavericks want to become title contenders. They made that goal clear during media day, and the team believes their roster additions couple with tweaks from new head coach Jason Kidd will get them there. Superstar Luka Doncic is going to be the Mavs’ engine, and he was lights out in the playoff last season, but Dallas needs more from his supporting cast.
The Mavericks have a roster built to win now with ten of their 16 players under guaranteed contracts from the ages of 25 to 30. All of those players are in their theoretical basketball primes and are hoping to be just a small step better during the 2021-2022 season. If Dallas gets those gains on the margins, they could easily be a top-four team in the Western Conference and become a legitimate threat to make a deep playoff run.
With so many players in their prime, who is going to have a career year for the Mavs? Which players are going to step up and play their best in the first under head coach Jason Kidd? Let us take a look at the most likely candidates.
3 Dallas Mavericks players primed for a career year in 2021-2022
There are a ton of candidates for this list and trimming it to three may not have been fair. Tim Hardaway Jr. is likely to shoot over 40 percent from 3-point range for the first time in his career, and fans should not be surprised to see Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, and Reggie Bullock all take small steps forward.
Projecting seven career years on one team seemed a bit too optimistic, so here are the three most likely.