Overall grade for the Dallas Mavericks in 2021
Rick Carlisle is unquestionably one of the best coaches in the NBA. He consistently got the most out of the Mavs roster, including helping them win a championship in 2011, but Carlisle had a rocky relationship with superstar Luka Doncic, and it was time for him to move on.
The Mavericks are 17-18 in Jason Kidd’s first 35 games, but Luka has only played in 21 of them, and Kristaps Porzingis has been limited to 26. They have also dealt with significant COVID absences during a rough December. Dallas should be starting to get players back and needs to go on a run to get back in the top six in the Western Conference.
Dallas Mavericks overall grade for 2021: C
The Mavericks have been far from spectacular so far this season. Luka Doncic has played below his incredible standards, the team’s offense has fallen to below average, and the defense has only improved slightly. Dallas is an average team sitting just about .500 that is deserving of an average grade.
Will the 2022 portion of the schedule be more friendly to the Dallas Mavericks? They need to keep Luka on the court and get him back to performing at an All-NBA level. The 22-year-old superstar can lift the Mavs to incredible heights, but only when he is playing his best basketball. Either way, Dallas will be a more fun team to watch in 2022 as they attempt to climb the standings, so do not miss it.