The Dallas Mavericks closed the first 20 games of the 2021-2022 regular season with arguably their best performance as they dominated the Pelicans in New Orleans while breaking the record of highest field goal percentage in a contest. It was an unforgettable performance by superstar Luka Doncic and his team.
The Mavs won 11 of their first 20 games, and they currently sit fourth in the Western Conference, despite underperforming expectations. Dallas has the ninth-best record in the league, but they are 20th in net rating with a negative point differential, and the Mavericks have been blown out on multiple occasions in what was an uneven first quarter of the season.
Having the year 25 percent in the books is the perfect time to reflect on how the team performed so far. There is no predictive value here, and fans should view it as a look back at what already happened. Here are grades for the Dallas Mavericks through 20 regular-season games.
Grading the Mavericks after 20 games of the 2021-2022 season
If individual player grades were handed out, no Maverick earned an A-plus in the first 20 games. Jalen Brunson’s breakout fourth season would land at an A, but there are several players on the team that earned C or below marks.
Because the Mavs underperformed in the first 25 percent of the regular season, it felt best to grade the team as a whole this early. The marks are based on performance versus expectations. Here is a look at the team’s offensive, shooting, and defensive grades before giving the Dallas Mavericks an overall mark for the opening 20 games of the 2021-2022 campaign.