Are the Dallas Mavericks a Legitimate Championship Contender?

The Dallas Mavericks have been one of the biggest surprises this NBA season and everyone is guessing how far they can go this season. Are the Mavs a legitimate title contender or is it a fluke?

A big reason why the Mavericks are 19-10 is because of second year player Luka Doncic. He is averaging a ridiculous 29.3 points per game, 9.6 rebounds per game and 8.9 assists per game. He is almost averaging a triple double! His amazing season so far has propelled the Mavs into one of the best teams in the NBA.

 

Besides Doncic, the Mavs rely on head coach Rock Carlisle and his brilliant design. He knows his team’s weaknesses and strengths and has made the most of it. He helped the Mavs win a championship in 2012 and may be looking to do that again this year. Players love playing for him and you can see how he lets them play their game yet contribute to the team as a whole.

A big reason why the Mavericks are winning now is because of a big trade they pulled off last season with the New York Knicks. Dallas traded for Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. and gave up little for those assets. With the recent injury to Doncic, we are seeing that trade paying off as Hardaway Jr. is playing exceptional for them. Porzingis has helped draw attention away from Doncic and has also reaped the benefits of playing with a superstar player.

So what is the ceiling for this team? I believe they will make the second round of the playoffs easily but it will get hard after that. Whether they make it to the Western Conference Finals depends on how much better the teams gets and who they are matched up against. Dallas has enough weapons to beat any team in the NBA but we haven’t seen them all play well together.

What surprised everyone was how well the Mavs played after Doncic’s injury and beat a bunch of good teams. That will help them when Doncic comes back and it may be the reason why the Mavs get better. It will be a confidence boost and they will go into a lot of games knowing that they are the better team. Let’s see how well this team does because they are fun to watch!

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