The Dallas Mavericks’ tumultuous season has been a riveting ride, marked by unexpected twists and turns, that has ultimately led to disappointing results. Although the team appeared to have it all figured out after a dozen games, recent losses to the Grizzlies, Warriors, and Hornets have put them right back where they started.
Maxi Kleber’s game-winning three-pointer against the Lakers was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary season, but it was short-lived. Now, the Mavericks find themselves three games under .500 and fighting for the last play-in spot, with their playoff hopes dwindling.
From the beginning, it has been a season of highs and lows, marked by the departure of key players Jalen Brunson and Christian Wood. The only notable free-agent signing was Javale McGee, and the team has been plagued by the prickly and hostile presence of head coach Jason Kidd.
As the Mavericks struggle to find their footing, fans are left wondering where the good vibes will come from. However, history shows that success can come from unexpected places, as seen in the season following the Dirk-era Mavericks’ Western Conference finals appearance. Antoine Walker and Antawn Jamison were brought in, and the team won more than 50 games, but the enthusiasm was lacking. They eventually traded away Walker and Jamison, which helped the team land in the NBA Finals just two seasons later.
The Mavericks should take heart in the big leaps made by young players like Josh Green and Jaden Hardy this season, as well as Luka Doncic’s incredible performances, including a 60-point, 20-rebound triple-double, a game-tying shot off an intentionally missed free throw, and an absurd pass in a recent game. Resting Doncic and/or Kyrie Irving may also prove beneficial, as losing enough games could secure their first-round draft pick and improve their chances in the future.
Though it may be time to give up on this season, the Mavericks have the opportunity to turn their fortunes around and create a brighter future for the team. With a combination of luck and hard work, they can take the necessary steps to ensure success and secure a better tomorrow.