4 Things Dallas Mavericks Should Focus on Before Heading to 2021-22 Season

Published 06/06/2021, 11:33 PM EDT
Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) passes the ball against Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic (51) during the second half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks fell to the LA Clippers in an intense Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs. With that, they continued their title drought and extended their streak of being unsuccessful in the postseason.

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What’s worse is that this 126-111 loss came despite Luka Doncic’s masterful 46 point performance, 14 assists, and 7 rebounds. In fact, Doncic has scored or assisted 56% of the Mavericks points in this series. This is about 421 of the total 752 points by Dallas.

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It is clear that if anyone can put an end to their decade-long misery, it is Doncic. But what moves do the Dallas Mavericks need to make this offseason to be a step closer to being title contenders in the season 2021-22?

What should the Dallas Mavericks focus on?

A definite second scoring option

Luka’s right-hand man, Kristaps Porzingis, failed to fulfill the purpose he was brought in for. He averaged a meager 12.7 points in the postseason, let alone scored in single-digits in three games. The Mavericks need someone more reliable and consistent for Doncic to bank on.

Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (6) moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (13) during the first half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Mavericks could take up the option of sign-and-trade with Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr., so that they can bring in CJ McCollum. They can even try to go in as big as bringing in Bradley Beal. However, if their mind is made up to have a big as their secondary scorer, Karl-Anthony-Towns seems like the next best thing.

Work on the defensive end of the floor

One of the biggest reasons for the Mavs’ loss to the LA Clippers was that they were simply unable to contain Clippers’ second unit on the perimeter. They were able to drop 20 three-pointers, and most of them came with extreme ease.

There was also a clear deficit of shot-blockers, who could prevent the Clippers players from driving to the basket. This helped LA draw in fouls and the free-throw line helped in adding more points to the scoreboard.

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A bench upgrade

 Luka Doncic has only given monstrous performances, and if it weren’t for him, there is no way Dallas would have even made it to the playoffs. It was clear that the Clippers struggled to a great extend trying to understand how to stop him.

Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann (14) during the second half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

However, the problem came when Doncic went to the bench. The Mavericks didn’t have anybody productive enough to be the playmaker the team needed in Luka’s absence. Derrick Rose, Marcus Smart, Dennis Schroder, and Lou Williams, are some free agents this year who can be of help in this.

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Add more veterans to the roster

A player that has more experience in the playoffs and has won the title, is vital for a team filled with young inexperienced stars. Unfortunately, the Mavs were the only team without one this season. The vets that can be useful for them are Dwight Howard, Patty Mills, Alex Caruso, and JaVale McGee.

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Only if the Mavericks can manage to fill all these holes in their roster, will they come anywhere near the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Otherwise, Doncic will continue to keep them relevant and will always fall against a more complete lineup.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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