Dallas Mavericks Last Season Performance
The Mavericks’ 2022-23 season was a disappointing one, as they failed to reach the postseason for the first time since the 2018-19 season.
Though Dallas appeared as if it would reach the playoffs for the fourth season in a row after holding a 31-26 record in February and trading for all-star Kyrie Irving at the deadline, it failed to live up to expectations. The Mavericks finished the regular season with a 38-44 record and 11th in the Western Conference.
Dallas Mavericks Key Additions
Dallas’ biggest offseason move was the re-signing of Irving, however it also added a few players as well.
The Mavericks acquired Grant Williams via a three-team trade, who should add some strong defense to the team with his ability to guard multiple positions. He finished last season averaging 8.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists.
Dallas also added another shooter to the team in Seth Curry, who finished last season shooting 40.5% from three while averaging 9.2 points a game. The Mavericks also made another trade to acquire Richaun Holmes, who should serve as a backup center after averaging 10.4 points and seven points in 2021-22 before that dropped to 3.1 points and 1.9 rebounds last season in limited minutes.
Finally, the Mavericks also signed Dante Exum to add another solid defender on the outside. Exum should provide some good minutes off the bench after spending the last two seasons overseas. He averaged 13.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.4 rebounds in the Euro League last season.
Dallas Mavericks Key Subtractions
The Mavericks traded a couple of their players in order to acquire new players, as well as waived a couple of players.
Dallas traded both Davis Bertans and Reggie Bullock in the offseason, the latter of whom started 55 games for Dallas last season. Bullock averaged 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds last year while Bertans added 4.6 points on 43.1% shooting last year.
The Mavericks also elected not to re-sign Christian Wood, who was their fourth-leading scorer a season ago with 16.6 points a game, also adding 7.3 rebounds. Dallas also moved on from Justin Holiday and JaVale McGee after they combined for 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds last season.
Dallas Mavericks Head Coaching Analysis
After being drafted by the Mavericks, winning Co-Rookie of the Year and an NBA Championship over his seven seasons with them, Jason Kidd is now head coach for Dallas.
Kidd began his head coaching career in Brooklyn, spending one season there before he coached Milwaukee for the next four seasons, getting fired in his fourth season after a 23-22 start. After a short assistant coaching stint with the Lakers, Kidd was hired by Dallas ahead of the 2021 season, taking the Mavericks to the conference finals in his first season before they missed the postseason altogether last year.
Dallas Mavericks Prediction for the 2023-24 Season
After missing the playoffs for the first time since star Luka Doncic’s rookie season, the Mavericks will be hoping for a bounce-back season after some offseason moves.
Though Dallas had more of a collapse after the signing of Irving, having an offseason and whole regular season together with Doncic should have the two leading the Mavericks to success, with NBA odds having them improving upon last season by winning around 44.5 games this year.
The boost to Dallas’ defense and 3-point shooting with the signing of Williams and Curry should also help the team improve and compete for a postseason spot, as NBA predictions have the Mavericks favored to return this year.