The Dallas Mavericks Will be Around For a Long Time

The Dallas Mavericks have not won the NBA Title since the 2010-2011 season. They have not been to the playoffs since the 2014-2015 season. Dirk Nowitzki retired last season.

Dallas has a new face of the franchise in Luka Doncic. He scored 42 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and recorded 12 assists in a 117-110 win at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.

Doncic is one of the reasons why the Mavericks are 8-5 to start the season in a tough Western Conference. Dallas is currently in the fifth spot. If the season ended today, they would face the Los Angeles Clippers (9-5) in the first round.

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Luka Doncic is averaging 28.5 PPG, 10.7 RPG, 9.1 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 1.3 SPG so far this season. He is only 20 years old. Doncic was the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He was originally picked by the Atlanta Hawks before Luka Doncic got traded to the Dallas Mavericks.

He is one of the favorites to win the MVP award right now. Doncic won the Rookie of the Year Award last season.

One of the best duos in the NBA right now might be him and Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis was acquired in a trade with the New York Knicks a couple of years ago. He was the fourth overall pick by New York in 2015.

Kristaps Porzingis is now unleashing his potential in Dallas. He is averaging 18.6 PPG, 8.9 RPG, 1.6 APG, 2.2 BPG, and 0.3 SPG so far this season. Porzingis is 24 years old.

Another former New York Knicks player, Tim Hardaway Jr., is also excelling so far this season with the Dallas Mavericks. He is averaging 10.2 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 0.1 SPG so far this season.

Dwight Powell is another key big man on this team. He is averaging 8.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.2 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.5 SPG so far this season.

Jalen Brunson is also another key guard on this basketball team. He is averaging 9.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 2.9 APG, 0 BPG, and 0.8 SPG so far this season.

Justin Jackson has seen some valuable minutes for this basketball team. He is averaging 5.8 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.3 APG, 0 BPG, and 0.1 SPG so far this season.

Maxi Kleber is also another key role player for the Dallas Mavericks. He is averaging 9.2 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 0.3 SPG so far this season.

Boban Marjanovic, Seth Curry, Dorian Finney-Smith and Delon Wright are some of the other key role players on this team. Dallas isn’t deep by any means, but now I understand why some people picked them to make it to the playoffs this season.

The Mavericks are currently eighth in the NBA with averaging 114.1 PPG. Dallas is currently 17th in the NBA in team defense. They have given up 110.4 PPG so far this season.

Rick Carlisle is a very good head coach and he was the coach during the 2010-2011 NBA Title run. This team could get back there one day, but it isn’t going to be this season.

The duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will be the reason why they might win an NBA Title or two in the immediate future. This team was rebuilding a couple of years ago until Dallas made some big moves in getting Doncic in the NBA Draft and also trading for Porzingis.

As long as they both stay healthy, the Dallas Mavericks will be around for the next decade competing for championships.

How do you feel about the Dallas Mavericks now and in the future? Leave a comment below.

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