Dallas Mavericks Offseason Moves 2019: Odds and Predictions

2018-2019 Performance

Season Record: 33-49, 14th in the Western Conference

Head Coach: Rick Carlisle

Most Frequent Starting Five (21 Games): (G) Dennis Smith Jr – (G) Wes Matthews – (F) Luka Doncic – (F) Harrison Barnes – (C) DeAndre Jordan

Top Performers

  • F Luka Doncic – 21.2 PPG | 7.8 RPG | 6.0 APG
  • F Harrison Barnes – 17.7 PPG | 4.2 RPG | .389 3P%
  • G Tim Hardaway Jr – 15.5 PPG | 3.2 RPG | .320 3P%

Transactions

6 July 2018 – Signed C DeAndre Jordan to a multi-year contract.

9 July 2018 – Signed F Luka Doncic to a multi-year contract.

16 July 2019 – Signed G Jalen Brunson to a multi-year contract.

23 July 2018 – Signed F Dirk Nowitzki as a free agent.

31 January 2019 – Traded C DeAndre Jordan, G Wesley Matthews, G Dennis Smith Jr., a 2021 first-round draft pick and a 2023 first-round draft pick to the New York Knicks for G Trey Burke, G Tim Hardaway Jr., G Courtney Lee,ย and F-C Kristaps Porziล†gis.

7 February 2019 – Traded F Harrison Barnes to the Sacramento Kings for F Justin Jackson and F Zach Randolph.

The Good

Luka Doncic Proves His Worth

One of the most highly touted European players of all-time, Doncic came into the league with massive expectations. A top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the media was on either end of the spectrum for Doncic. He ended up putting in one of the greatest rookie seasons in history and winning himself the 2019 Rookie of the Year award.

The Legend of Nowitzki

Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t played a large role in the Dallas Mavericks plans for a couple of years now. Through sheer good faith alone, the Mavericks have continually rewarded him with a contract, but this year was his last. While used sparingly, Nowitzki’s farewell tour reached all parts of the NBA. Capped off with a goodbye to one of NBA histories greatest power forwards.

Youth Is Stepping Up

While the Mavericks unloaded explosive point guard Dennis Smith Jr. to the Knicks, they still had a number of impressive young players show up for them this season. Jalen Brunson was a capable point guard in spots this past year and Maxi Kleber proved himself to be a versatile defensive option. With a defined rotation in 2019-2020, both are expect to continue their improvement.

The Bad

Chemistry Amongst Young Stars

It’s been made clear that there is no bad blood between Dennis Smith Jr and Luka Doncic. Although their play together proved very quickly to be rather incompatible. Smith Jr, a slashing, ball-handling lead guard, didn’t seem to get on well with the also ball-dominant Doncic. With the future in the hands of Doncic, the Mavericks chose to ship Smith Jr to New York.

Deandre Jordan’s Paint Presence

Make no mistake, DeAndre Jordan is an excellent interior presence. His rebounding ability isn’t matched by many and his physicality overwhelms even the most game opponents. Unfortunately he’s failed to reach the shot-blocking heights of his previous seasons. Teams are pulling him out of the paint, where he is ineffectual. Jordan was traded to the Knicks mid-season.

The Surprises

Dwight Powell Was Up and Down

Many expected Dwight Powell to take another step this past season. Instead, he started off the year struggling mightily. His inability to be productive early paved the way for Kleber to take his place. However he came on strong late in the year, offering a solid ten points and five rebounds per game.

JJ Barea Is A Great Captain

At 34 years old, the diminutive Puerto Rican point guard continues to impress with his play and leadership. An NBA Champion, Barea has done an excellent job running his team when their younger guards are out of the game. He went down with an achilles injury, so his future is rather unknown.

Diamond in the Rough

Dorian Finney-Smith is an underrated player. While he doesn’t make massive contributions on the offensive or defensive box score, his value on the court is unquestioned. He maintain a positive defensive box plus-minus (1.1), while also maintaining a 1.1 value over replacement rating. If his offensive game improves, expect Finney-Smith to play a bigger role in the future.

2019 NBA Draft Acquisitions

With a single pick in the 2019 NBA Draft’s second round, the Dallas Mavericks were looking for a high-ceiling prospect. While they selected Lithuanian forward Deividas Sirvydis, he was quickly traded for Isaiah Roby.

Isaiah Roby – Nebraska – USA – Detroit Pistons, 2nd Round (15th Pick, 45th Overall)

SeasonAgeCollegeGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1920NEBRASKA3531.211.86.91.9.454.333

Roby is a high-ceiling prospect. His length is fantastic at his position while his defensive capabilities seem to be at NBA-level already. While he didn’t break out into stardom at Nebraska, he was clearly one of their most valuable players. His offense is well behind his defense, so there will be much to improve on before he sees significant minutes.

Expectations

The Mavericks are stacked at the wing position. Competing with Doncic, Hardaway, Lee, and Wright will likely not prove valuable for Roby. Expect Roby to hone his skills with the Mavericks’ G-League affiliate the Texas Legends, before getting any significant run.

2019 NBA Offseason Acquisitions

(G) Delon Wright – 3 Years/$28 Million

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1926TOR-MEM7522.78.73.53.3.434.298

The acquisition of Delon Wright is one of the most underrated moves in the NBA. Wright didn’t star for the Toronto Raptors during his time, but he was a valuable playmaker, defender, and shooter during his time. Once he was traded to Memphis, he truly began to shine. His size on both ends of the court is excellent and he will be a valued secondary playmaker to Doncic. His shooting will need to improve in order to stay on the court.

(F-C) Kristaps Porzingis – 5 Years/$158 Million

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
17-1822NYK4832.422.76.61.2.439.395

While Porzingis was technically acquired last year, this is the first year where he is expected to step onto the court. If he is fully healed, the combination of he and Doncic will be deadly. Not only is Porzingis an adept offensive player, but his quick feet and length have made him a premier shot-blocker. For the first time since the days of Nowitzki and Nash, the Dallas Mavericks have two absolute superstars to call their own.

(C) Boban Marjanovic – 2 Years/$7 Million

SeasonAgeTeamGamesMPPTSREBASTFG%3P%
18-1930LAC-PHI5811.77.34.60.9.615.400

The Mavericks can’t get enough giant Europeans as they added Boban Marjanovic to partner Kristaps Porzingis in the front court. Both 7’3 with length for days, Marjanovic will likely see situational minutes for the Mavericks. He doesn’t have the foot speed for today’s NBA, but he will surely be of use in clutch rebounding and defensive situations.

Expected Depth Chart

Point GuardShooting GuardSmall ForwardPower ForwardCenter
Delon WrightTim Hardaway JrLuka DoncicMaxi KleberKristaps Porzingis
Jalen BrunsonSeth CurryDorian Finney-SmithDwight PowellBoban Marjanovic
JJ BareaCourtney LeeJustin JacksonIsaiah Roby
Antonius Cleveland (Two-Way)Josh Reaves (Two-Way)Yudai BabaRyan Broekhoff
Dakota Mathias

2019-2020 Season Expectations

Do not sleep on the Dallas Mavericks this year. If all of their players remain healthy, you should expect a massive improvement from their side. While a fourteenth place finish isn’t difficult to improve on, their roster make-up is incredibly impressive.

Expect a big second season from reigning rookie of the year Luka Doncic and an impressive if not slow-starting season from Kristaps Porzingis. These two young European phenoms project to be Dallas’ All-Star leaders.

If all things go well, the Dallas Mavericks may be back in the playoffs this spring. They’ve got a good mix of youthful talent and veteran leadership that seems primed to bring them back to the promised land.

Dallas Mavericks – Odds to Win the NBA Championship 2019-2020

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Good luck!

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