Hot Take Marathon: The Dallas Mavericks Will Make The Playoffs
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The Dallas Mavericks are not as bad as people make them out to be. For starters, they added the most pro-ready player in the NBA Draft with Luka Doncic. Second, they went out and acquired free-agent big-man DeAndre Jordan. They already had Dennis Smith Jr. and Harrison Barnes. While the Mavericks did finish with the third worst record in the NBA last season, they vastly improved upon their team.
Luka Doncic wasn't only good last season in Euroleague, he was downright dominant. Let's compare his stats to Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Sacramento Kings, who signed his rookie contract (which happened to be the most expensive ever signed) when he was 23 years old. Bogdanovic averaged 15 points, four assists, and four rebounds on about 50% shooting for a Turkish Club named Fenerbahce. Doncic, for Real Madrid, one of the best sides in Europe, averaged 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists in three fewer minutes per game. Also, Doncic was three years younger than Bogdanovic when he entered the league from Europe.
As mentioned earlier, the Mavericks also signed DeAndre Jordan, who almost joined the Mavericks in 2015, but backed out after being locked out of his home by Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who both left the team in the 2017-18 season. Jordan brings rebounding, defense, and is certainly a stellar filler player, especially for a Mavericks team who does not have their first round pick this season.
Expect the Mavericks to fight for a playoff spot, and maybe even sneak in as the eighth or seventh seed. All in all, they improved wonders this offseason.