There is lots of excitement surrounding the Dallas Mavericks in 2018-19, mainly due to their young backcourt of Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic. Future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki enters the 21st season of his legendary career, hoping to return to the playoffs at least one more time as he nears retirement. Be sure to head out to American Airlines Center to watch Dirk Nowitzki and the rejuvenated Dallas Mavericks this season.
The Mavericks aren’t used to picking in the NBA Draft lottery, but the early results on their past two lottery selections suggest they have hit home runs. Mark Cuban and the Mavs drafted point guard Dennis Smith Jr. in 2017, followed by Luka Doncic in 2018 in a draft day trade that cost the Mavericks an extra first round pick. Dennis Smith Jr. showed All-Star potential last season, averaging 15 points and 5 assists as a rookie. He is a great athlete with a natural ability to attack the basket and create plays. As much reason as there is to be excited about Dennis Smith Jr., there is perhaps even more optimism surrounding Luka Doncic. Doncic is a do-it-all shooting guard from Slovenia who won the Euroleague MVP last year as a teenager, a feat no one has accomplished before. Mark Cuban said Luka Doncic was first on the Mavericks draft board and it wasn’t even close, so it’s safe to say the Mavs got their man. Dallas has their backcourt of the future in Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic.
In addition to trading for Luka Doncic on draft day, the Dallas Mavericks signest one of the biggest names in free agency: DeAndre Jordan. After the bizarre situation two years ago when Jordan agreed to a deal with Dallas but then backed out to stay with the Clippers, DeAndre Jordan is finally a Dallas Maverick. He should slide in very well next to Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes in the frontcourt. Jordan is an elite rebounder who is a dominant presence finishing dunks around the rim, something the Mavericks haven’t had since Tyson Chandler.
On the perimeter, expect Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews to carry a bulk of the scoring and shooting. Head coach Rick Carlisle enters his 11th consecutive season with the Dallas Mavericks, tying him with Erik Spoelstra as second longest tenured coach in the NBA, behind only Gregg Popovich.
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