ALLAS, Texas – With the third worst record in the league, it’s beginning to look like another disastrous season for the Dallas Mavericks, after suffering another loss on the road at the hands of the Utah Jazz 117-110 on Wednesday night.
The last time we saw the Mavericks in the playoffs was during the 2015-2016 season where they finished 42-40 and were bounced out of the first round by the Oklahoma City Thunder in a 5-game series. Since those playoffs, they have won a total of 60 games with no hope of making the playoffs due to the dynamic powerhouses that stands in their way inside the Western Conference. And now with the addition of LeBron James who joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason, that championship window has now become even tighter.
Luckily for the Mavericks, there’s a solution that’s glaring over the horizon.
After missing the playoffs and finishing with the 9th worst record in the league, the Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban decided that a rebuild was in store by drafting Dennis Smith Jr with the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. After going 24-58, the Mavs drafted a potential partner-in-crime in Luka Doncic in the 2018 NBA draft to make for an explosive backcourt for many seasons to come. Clearly, the Mavs are in a rebuilding stage with two top 10 picks in the last two seasons. The only question is—why stop there?
If the Dallas Mavericks want to put themselves in a position to compete for another NBA title with all the competition surrounding the Western Conference, they should do everything they can to put themselves in a potential position to draft Duke’s, Zion Williamson.
If you understand sports and the process, you are fully aware of what it takes to acquire raw, five-star talent on draft day, and it starts during the season. We’ve watched teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers do it for years and as a result, they were able to select Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and now with the addition of Jimmy Butler, they have inserted themselves into the Eastern Conference Finals conversation. And the same can happen for the Dallas Mavericks.
Now, it’s no secret that the Mavericks will have tougher barriers in front of them, like the Golden State Warriors who’s won the title three out of the last four seasons, and arguably the best player on the planet LeBron James; but if they want to get back there, they have to start somewhere and this is where they should start.
Now that they’ve found their backcourt in Dennis Smith Jr and Luka Doncic, the addition of Zion Williamson will automatically place the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals conversation. Williamson is a 6-foot-7 285-pound forward who has handles like a point guard with a 48-inch vertical. In his college debut against #2 ranked Kentucky, Williamson scored 28 points on 84% shooting. His athleticism, strength, and ability to create his own shot is exactly what the Mavs need to take their rightful place back on the throne.
Zion is projected to go top five in the 2019 NBA draft. To stay up to date on all things Mavericks and more, be sure to subscribe to You Can Argue That Sports and receive notifications of new posts and podcasts by email.