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Grading the Mavericks after 20 games of 2021-2022 season

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks overall grade after 20 games of 2021-2022 regular season

Record aside, the Mavs have performed below expectations to begin the season, and fans need to look no further than their five double-digit losses in the first 20 games. There are a plethora of reasons Dallas is struggling, including superstar Luka Doncic getting off to a slow start by his otherworldly standards.

Overall, the Mavs are an average offense, a below-average defense, and a poor shooting team thus far. That screams of below average and not sitting at 11-9 and fourth in the Western Conference. Doncic has saved Dallas on a few occasions, and the Mavericks have performed well in the clutch to grab some hard-fought victories, but they need to be better moving forward.

Dallas Mavericks overall grade after 20 games: C-minus

The sky should not be falling for the Mavs. Luka is an unstoppable offensive force that can will his team into a top ten offense, so there should be no panic about their slow start. Dallas has won games and taken care of business against lottery-bound teams. They need to play better against the league’s elite and should moving forward.

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The Dallas Mavericks earned a C-minus grade because they performed like a slightly below-average team in the first 20 games. They were not one of the worst teams in the NBA, but they must improve over the final three-quarters of the season. The best is still yet to come from the 2021-2022 Mavs, and fans should continue back to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the team.