Thing Dallas Mavericks need to acquire in 2022: 4. Veteran leadership
The Mavs made a massive mistake waiving J.J. Barea during training camp in 2020. Yes, Jalen Brunson had taken over as the backup point guard, but Barea was a de facto assistant coach that could play a few minutes. His leadership and veteran presence would have been massive for the team during a difficult season.
Every contending team rounds out their roster with veterans that provide leadership even on the nights they are not part of the rotation. The Mavericks need to add some experience to their roster.
Marc Stein reported (subscription required) that Jalen Brunson is the team’s leader in the locker room, which should not be a massive surprise. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are not the most vocal players, and JB gained valuable experience leading Villanova to two NCAA championships.
The Mavericks need a few veterans at the end of their bench that can provide that same type of leadership. The Heat have Udonis Haslem, and the Warriors re-signed Andre Iguodala to fill that role. Brooklyn has ten players over 30 on their roster.
Things get difficult during championship seasons and having veterans at the end of the bench to steady the ship can be a massive difference-maker. The Mavs need to convince a few vets with postseason experience to come to Dallas.