The 2020-21 NBA season went as expected for the Dallas Mavericks, as they really did not have the talent and firepower on their roster to contend with some of the best teams in the league, which also happen to be in the Western Conference.
During the regular season, the Mavs picked up wins against the likes of the Clippers, Nuggets, Nets, Bucks, Lakers and others, but when it came time for the playoffs, the Clippers were too much for them once again.
Luka Doncic has been fantastic and looks like one of the clear favorites to win the 2021-22 NBA MVP award, but outside of him, this team is very thin in terms of reliable, high-level scorers.
Kristaps Porzingis is great sometimes, but other times he can be nonexistent, and Tim Hardaway Jr. comes and goes as well in terms of being a “flamethrower” like shooter on the perimeter.
Bringing in Reggie Bullock in the offseason gives Dallas a little bit more firepower on the wing, but overall, this team is still missing guys that have that “it” factor that can take pressure off of Doncic. Until the Mavericks get this kind of player, they will be nothing more than a first or second-round playoff team.
However, as long as they have Luka, they are going to be a team to watch. At just 22-years-old, Luka Doncic is ascending to being the best player in the league and he is only going to continue getting better!
Being able to get him more secondary help was a goal of the Dallas Mavericks this offseason and while they did add some more talent, they still could use a secondary ball-handler.
Tim Hardaway Jr. is more of a catch-and-shoot type of player and they no longer have Josh Richardson, which leaves Jalen Brunson as the only other “primary” ball-handler on this team.
Dallas could look to add another guard before the season begins and if they are unable to trade for Raptors’ guard Goran Dragic, then these three options could prove to be just as good.