Luka Doncic proved just how special he is last season, leading the Dallas Mavericks to the playoffs and nearly upsetting the LA Clippers in the first round. The Mavs had the best offense in league history, but that alone wasn’t enough.
Putting a major emphasis this offseason on improving their poor defense, Dallas made quite a few moves to shake up the roster. Additionally, they were able to select three players in the top 40 of the 2020 NBA Draft to help the team going forward.
Mavericks Roster Additions
|Josh Green||Draft (18th)|
|Tyrell Terry||Draft (31st)|
|Tyler Bey||Draft (36th)|
|Wesley Inwundu||Free Agency (ORL)|
|Nate Hinton||Free Agency (UDFA)|
|James Johnson||Trade (OKC)|
|Josh Richardson||Trade (PHI)|
- Josh Richardson: With Dallas putting defense as their top priority, Richardson was the perfect player to acquire. Not only is he a premier wing defender, but he also is productive on the offensive end of the floor. Last season he averaged 13.7 points per game while shooting .341 from deep.
- James Johnson: We the Mavericks Dallas get bullied quite a bit in the playoffs last season by the Clippers. It felt like they didn’t have the tough-nosed veteran who gave them grit and the ability to fight back and be physical. Johnson will fix this issue immediately, as he is known for being one of the toughest players in the league. He also brings them quite a bit of defensive versatility.
Mavericks Roster Subtractions
|Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Free Agency (NYK)|
|Delon Wright||Trade (DET)|
|Justin Jackson||Trade (OKC)|
|Seth Curry||Trade (PHI)|
|Josh Reaves||Free Agency|
|Antonius Cleveland||Free Agency|
|Courtney Lee||Free Agency|
- Seth Curry: With all of the offensive firepower Dallas had last season, trading away Seth Curry won’t be the end of the world. However, his .452 shooting from beyond the arc was third-best in the NBA last season and will be missed.
- Delon Wright: Wright was one of nine players who played at least 20 minutes per game last season on average. He was a key piece of their rotation and brought play-making and energy off the bench. Look for Tyrell Terry to fill the void left by Wright as a spark plug off the bench.