The Dallas Mavericks finished fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season and secured homecourt in the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Luka Doncic made an MVP push after the calendar flipped to 2022 as he led his team to the second-best record in the NBA over the final three-plus months of the regular season.
Head coach Jason Kidd deserved a place in the Coach of the Year race too. Nobody expected the Mavs to improve after the departure of Rick Carlisle, but the Hall of Fame point guard exceeded all expectations in his first year leading the team. Dallas jumped from the middle of the pack to seventh in defensive rating as Kidd’s team looked like a viable contender in the West down the stretch.
The NBA announced the finalists for every major award on April 17, and no Mavericks made the cut. Here is a look at what to expect from the award voting, and why Luka Doncic is still likely to get plenty of recognition.
2022 NBA Awards: No Dallas Mavericks in the list of finalists
All of the award ballots are in and counted as the league announced the top three for every honor, but it does not prevent Luka Doncic and Jason Kidd from getting recognition. Both men are likely to finish inside the top five for their respective awards. No, they will not win or finish in the top three, but it is still an impressive accomplishment.
Luka will find his name on one of the All-NBA teams too. He is looking to be on the first-team for the third straight year, but there is plenty of competition. Does Doncic make the cut for the first team? Fans will have to wait until the NBA announces the teams to find out.
Dorian Finney-Smith also received plenty of consideration for the All-Defensive team. The Dallas Mavericks could still bring home some honors as they look to make a deep playoff run. The Smoking Cuban will have the latest on the team, so please stay tuned.