Before the NBA suspended the season due to the coronavirus, the Dallas Mavericks were in the driver’s seat to make the playoffs for the first time in three years.
This team has a good group of young core guys surrounded by a young superstar.
Team success of the Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks were sitting in the seventh spot in the Western Conference before the league suspended the season. The team just defeated the Denver Nuggets, who are one of the top teams in the West 113-97.
Things were moving in the right direction for head coach Rick Carlisle. With the addition of Kristaps Porzingis, that added another option for a scorer. From top to bottom, the Mavericks possess different offensive and defensive weapons. The team adds heights and speed.
If you look at the roster, you can see the depth and the young talent mixed with that veteran leadership. Veteran guard J.J. Barea is the only member on the Mavericks who was on the team that won the championship in 2011.
Barea brings that championship experience to the team and also serves as a leader. Having a player like that on an organization contributes to the success of the group.
An offensive powerhouse this season
The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the best offensive teams in the league this year. The team leads the league in offensive efficiency with 116.7 points per 100 possessions. It only makes things better when you have a player in Luka Doncic, who’s averaging 28.7 ppg, which is sixth in the league.
Doncic is playing like a seasoned all-star in just his second year. What he also does best is getting his teammates involved consistently. The Mavericks know how to play team ball, and the numbers are showing that.
The Mavericks have four players averaging double-digits in scoring and three who are close to averaging double-digits. Porzingis is second on the team averaging 19.2 ppg.
Having two players in Doncic and Porzingis, who can score anywhere on the court helps out a lot. Then you had shooters like Seth Curry and J.J. Barea and two big men in Dwight Powell and Boban Marjanovic, don’t take this team lightly.
If the NBA decides to resume the season, it will be interesting to see how the Mavericks will finish out the season.
A bright future for the Dallas Mavericks
This young team could potentially become a contender down the line if everything works out, and players stay healthy.
The Dallas Mavericks can only get better as the seasons go on. Players will start to get more and more experience and understand the game more.
If Doncic can continue to be a high-level player, the sky is the limit for the Mavericks. With a coach like Rick Carlisle, who has playoff experience, the Mavericks can be a top team in the west.