What Do Luka Doncic and Dallas Mavericks Need to Compete in the Western Conference?

Published 09/16/2021, 12:15 AM EDT
DENVER, CO – JANUARY 8: Luka Doncic (77) of the Dallas Mavericks takes a breather against the Denver Nuggets during the third quarter at Ball Arena on Thursday, January 7, 2021.(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Young stars came up huge last season in the NBA. Notably, Luka Doncic had a career season and carried the Mavericks through to the playoffs. However, while he has seen plenty of personal success, Dallas Mavericks have failed to make it past the first round.

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Recently, on The Jump, Tim MacMahon discussed the Mavericks and what they need to make a deep run in the playoffs. While they did not have any major signings, a major player could potentially change it all for them.

What do Dallas Mavericks need to compete?

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Richard Jefferson said that ESPN currently holds Dallas as a 48 win team. In response, MacMahon said it is time for the Mavericks to break past the first round. And, the most important factor to do that will be the performance of big man, Kristaps Porzingis.

While Porzingis has his spells of good performances, he has lacked consistency. Hence, Luka Doncic has often had to take the load alone. Porzingis’ inconsistency needs to be fixed in order for Dallas to find any success in the playoffs.

Last season, the ‘Unicorn’ had an underwhelming playoff series against the Clippers. In the 7 games, he only put up 13 points and 5 rebounds as the second star on the team. Moreover, this was a major drop from his regular-season numbers.

Hence, Dallas needs him to step up and lend Luka a helping hand if they want to make it far in the playoffs. As a second star on the team, he needs to exceed his regular-season numbers in the playoffs. Also, as a big man, he needs to be more dominant on rebounds.

But, would this be enough for Dallas to make it through the Western Conference?

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Can Luka Doncic and Dallas make it past everyone?

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One good news for Mavericks fans is that they will most likely not see Kawhi Leonard in the playoffs this time around. However, to be in a position to compete, they need to be a top 4 team in the NBA. With teams such as Lakers and Utah lined up, do they stand a chance?

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

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Well, MacMahon pointed out that post COVID when Dallas was back at full health, they were on pace to be a 55 win team. Moreover, they had the 5th best record in the NBA.

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Also, they have made great changes in their coaching staff. Notably, Jason Kidd, who formerly was a coach for the Lakers, has made his way to Dallas for the upcoming season. Hence, while it is difficult, they surely have a chance to compete in the West if things go as planned.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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