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How can the Mavericks build a title contender around Luka Doncic?

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Dallas Mavericks need to find a second star to build title contender around Luka Doncic

The Mavs acquired Kristaps Porzingis from the Knicks during Luka’s rookie season as they hoped to land a young star duo that could quickly vault them to the top of the Western Conference. The Unicorn never returned to his All-Star form and struggled to stay healthy during his time in Dallas, so the Mavericks are still searching for that second star.

Every recent champion has had at least two All-Stars on their roster. The 2011 Dallas Mavericks were the last title winner without multiple stars. Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Peja Stojakovic, and Tyson Chandler were all former All-Stars but had not been in the running for multiple years. It was Dirk Nowitzki and a talented cast of role players, but it has been more than a decade since that formula has worked.

With superstars teaming up every season, it is nearly impossible for one player to will his team to a championship. The Mavericks need to find that second star next to Luka Doncic, but it won’t be easy. They won’t have cap space, so Dallas needs to make it happen via trade. Superstars often get to select their destinations meaning Luka needs to help convince someone to join him.

A trade will likely have to wait until after the Mavs convey their 2023 first-round pick to the Knicks from the original Kristaps Porzingis trade. After that, Dallas will have all their first-round draft choices and swaps available to pull off a blockbuster.

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