The Dallas Mavericks traded up in the 2018 NBA Draft to secure the rights to Luka Doncic, but even they did not expect him to become one of the best players in the NBA so quickly. He was first-team All-NBA in his second season and is already a three-time All-Star and perennial MVP candidate. Doncic is the best young player in the league, but Dallas now faces the difficult test of building a title contender around their 22-year-old superstar.
The Mavs traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans at the deadline. It was a clear signal by Dallas that KP was not the second star they hoped for when acquiring him back in 2019, and that the Mavs wanted more flexibility to build out their roster moving forward.
Dallas has the most difficult piece to acquire in Doncic. He is going to play his best basketball on the biggest stages, but how can they build a title contender around him? What should be the Mavs' next move? Here is an in-depth look at what Dallas needs to accomplish.
How can the Dallas Mavericks build a title contender around Luka Doncic?
The Mavs locked up Dorian Finney-Smith to a four-year extension following the Kristaps Porzingis trade. He is a key 3-and-D wing that has improved every year. They need to re-sign Jalen Brunson this summer, but their roster is far from complete.
Dallas has multiple role players worthy of minutes on a championship contender, but they are missing the massive second piece of the puzzle.