Much like last year, the Dallas Mavericks enter a new season with high expectations. Young superstar Luka Doncic believes he will continue to improve in his fourth season, the optimism around a healthy Kristaps Porzingis is renewed with each passing day, and the replacement of Josh Richardson by Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown could be the ‘one of the most underrated moves of the offseason.
Everyone seems to agree that the Mavs will be a good team in the regular season, but do they have enough to be a true title contender as it’s currently built? At least one NBA analyst thinks so.
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On Sirius XM NBA Radio, ESPN’s Bobby Marks joined Brian Geltzeiler and Sam Mitchell to discuss the Western Conference title contenders, and here’s how that conversation went:
Geltzeiler: “If you could pick a team in the West that you think could go to the final, it wouldn’t be the Los Angeles Lakers. Which would you choose? “
Geltzeiler: “Dallas! Wow. “
Marks: “Dallas, I choose him. I’ve always been high on Phoenix. I kind of drove them to the final last year, and I think they’ll be good again. I think the injury with Murray in Denver, the injury with Kawhi with the Clippers I think eliminates those two teams. I think we could definitely talk about Utah again. I expect great things from Dallas. I know Bullock (and) Sterling Brown’s signings were sort of under the radar. (They have) Luka, they have Jason Kidd. There’s going to be a magnifying glass on Jason Kidd with this Mavericks team with him taking over for a Hall of Fame at Rick Carlisle. But it all comes down to Porzingis. I have the impression that we have been saying this for three years. Kristaps Porzingis is the X Factor, and if he’s healthy and playing like he did in New York, which is a big if, I think this Mavericks team has enough to qualify for an NBA Finals. .
When you consider the improvements Dallas has made around the edges this offseason while factoring in the expected organic growth for a handful of players already on the roster, perhaps winning the West is more achievable for this team than many. don’t think so after all.
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Although the Phoenix Suns won the West last season, it could be argued that the Los Angeles Clippers would have faced the Milwaukee Bucks in the final if Kawhi Leonard hadn’t been injured. And the Mavs were a few rebounds away from eliminating that team in the first round, despite the lack of spacing with Richardson and some players not being in full health.
Going to the NBA Finals is a lofty goal, but it’s a goal Luka Doncic has personally set for himself over the past year. And when you have a 22-year-old MVP-caliber player in mind, the sky is limited. So why not dream big?