Dallas Mavericks: 3 Takeaways from the 2018 NBA Offseason


A “Big Two” Is Forming in Dallas

While the Mavericks may not have two proven stars, they have a “big two” forming in Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic. Dallas made an aggressive trade to move up to No. 2 in the 2018 NBA Draft to select Doncic. It was a move that many around the league will pay off in a big way for the Mavericks.

Smith Jr., on the other hand, showed impressive things for the Mavericks during his rookie season last year. He averaged 15.2 points per game to go along with 5.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds. In addition to those numbers, he shot 39.5 percent from the floor overall and 31.3 percent from the three-point line.

Doncic played Euro-League basketball last season and averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 rebound, and 4.6 assists. He shot 45.6 percent from the floor and 30.9 percent from the three-point line.

Both players have extremely bright futures in the NBA. Smith will need to improve his shooting and Doncic might need to bulk up a bit, but Dallas is rebuilding the right way with these two guys leading the charge.

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