The Dallas Mavericks need to start turning things around on the court or risk the loss of Luka Doncic down the road. If they are unable to start building a winning roster around him, what is keeping him from exploring other options so that he can start to win in the playoffs?
The Mavericks haven’t advanced beyond the first round of the playoffs since they won the NBA Title in 2011. Adding a player of Chris Paul’s caliber may be what helps get them over the hump.
As we saw throughout the 2020-21 season with the Phoenix Suns, Paul still has plenty to offer a team. He had some monster performances scoring the ball in the postseason, including 37 points against the Denver Nuggets and 41 against his former team, the LA Clippers, in closeout games. The Mavericks lacked that kind of co-star.
Paul would provide the Mavericks with another playmaker to pair with Luka Doncic, something the team has lacked throughout his tenure there. This season, they experimented with pairing Jalen Brunson alongside him to improve the ball movement around him.
Allowing Doncic to play off the ball more should create a more free-flowing offense for the Mavericks given Paul’s elite playmaking ability. Paul would also significantly improve the team’s defense, as he showed he can still hang with the best of them on that end of the court.