5 days ago
Season in Review: Despite placing 14th in the west the Mavs definitely weren’t that bad, they were very close with a lot of other teams record wise and if a couple close games went their way (they particularly struggled in those all year) they very well could be 10th in the west. The season started off promising with us in playoff contention through 24 games and Luka was leading the new look Mavs with DJ, DSJ, Wesley, and HB to winning streaks and I was hyped for our core and the playoffs. Than obviously we started slipping but we were still around 9-10 and had a legitimate shot, but trade rumors around DSJ came around and he started to have “injuries” and the Mavs really were starting to lose, but still only 3-4 gb the 8th seed there was hope. Than all of a sudden this whole team was shook up as we made the move to trade our whole starting lineup (except Luka) in return for Justin Jackson, Kristaps, THJ, Courtney Lee, Trey Burke, and cap space. The Mavs never quite put the chemistry together at that point as we were plagued by already existing injuries to JJ Barea and Kristaps, but you hoped maybe THJ and Luka could make the playoffs but it didn’t happen and that’s whatever. Luka also missed some games at the end of the year but ironically that’s when the Mavs found some juice again as they started to pick up a little heat towards the end of the year as our many role players stepped up and the roster once shaken up finally started to click which was promising for the future of this team regardless of a couple of them have to walk this FA. But don’t think I forgot about Dirk 🐐, this season was really for him and the trials he went through to get back on the court in what many players his age is an automatic hang it up card. He’s the greatest Maverick ever and deserved all the praise he got on the road each game and at home and the great ceremony we put on for him. I already have a huge Dirk appreciation post before this if you want to check it it out, but he played amazing in his last couple weeks showing he can still get it and was great mentor all season. In conclusion, the Mavs have a bright future and Dirk left us off in a great place.