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Mavericks continue slide in ESPN Future Power Rankings

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks have the best young superstar in the NBA. Luka Doncic is on a historic pace that could make him one of the all-time greats. He figures to be in the running for MVP as he looks to earn first-team All-NBA honors for the third straight year. The 22-year-old is an unstoppable offensive force that is going to keep improving.

The Mavs have been knocked out in the first round of the playoffs by the LA Clippers for two straight years. Luka averaged over 35 points over the seven games last season, but it was not enough to advance. The Mavericks have their sights set on a deep playoff run in 2022, but Doncic’s supporting cast will need to step up to make that a reality.

ESPN released their Future Power Rankings (subscription required) heading into the 2021-2022 season on Oct. 11. It is a projection of how teams are going to perform over the next three years, and the Mavs continue to slide in the ranks. Let us take a closer look.

Dallas Mavericks continue slide in ESPN Future Power Rankings

The Mavericks slipped to 13th in this installment from ESPN. They were 23rd in management and 22nd in draft assets as their low watermarks. Dallas was top ten in players, which was their highest among the five categories that determined the rankings.

ESPN does not believe in the team’s roster additions this summer but never count out Luka Doncic. The Mavs added three role players that fit well next to the 22-year-old superstar, and it will be on Doncic to lift this team into title contention. Can he keep them climbing the standings?

The Dallas Mavericks are expecting to take a step forward under new head coach Jason Kidd, and they promise to be one of the most exciting teams to watch this season. Fans will not want to miss it, so stay tuned.

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