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Re: Mavericks Summer of 2019 

Post#1841 » by Teffer10 » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:16 pm

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Darren wrote:Who're the starters? As of today, I'd pencil in Curry as fifth starter for basketball reasons. Curry, Wright, Barea and Brunson is way too deep. And Luka possibly play better defense at 3 than 2. I really don't think it's up to TH, DFS and JJ 2.0 for the fifth starter role. It's easily Curry for me since the Mavs need shooter alongside Luka and Zinger. And Curry would play a lot of clutch minutes. It's better to have Curry start in case the goal is to contend. Of course, if the goal is to tank, things could go completely different.


I don't see Luka and Curry starting due to defensive issues.

DFS, Jackson and possibly Courtney Lee will fight for that 5th spot. Curry and THJ will get the majority of their burn against second units where they can fill it up without worrying too much about going the other way.

I would also start Maxi next to Porzingis.

I could see this going two different ways.

I think Luka/Wright/KP/Powell is a given for the start of the season but good arguments could be made for either Seth or Jackson in that last spot.
Seth is an amazing 3pt shooter when being setup and Luka might become the best in the league at that next season. Seth would also spread the floor for Luka which would give Luka more room to work. The Mavs will be bombing 3 pointers this year and Seth is one of the best in the league so I could see Rick going that direction.

However that lineup could struggle defensively as you mention so I could see Jackson, DFS or even Lee filling the final spot to help defensively. The west is loaded with good wings and guards so we'll need better defenders on the floor to hang with them in most cases. Several teams are have multiple stars at guard and wings so the need for defenders will be critical.

I hope DFS and/or Jackson take their games to much higher levels because one, or both will have critical roles this season. I'd also love to see Reaves get an opportunity because he could become a key player or starter someday.
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Re: Mavericks Summer of 2019 

Post#1842 » by Rn5ho » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:13 pm

Last year everyone doubted Luka could play against NBA competition/defense.. he was "too slow", "reached ceiling", "not athletic enough", etc. etc.

And he proved everyone wrong. This year, everyone (not literally) is saying how Mavs have almost no chance of reaching playoffs and I think everyone will be proved wrong again - Luka is working his ass off and I'm expecting him to go for 25/8/8 type of season, carrying this team to the PO. He is hungry, he hates losing and team is now openly going for POs (Luka said he wants PO and anything else will be disappointment), so there will be no tanking/holding back.

I'm looking forward to the new season and can't wait to see doubters/haters proven wrong again.
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Re: Mavericks Summer of 2019 

Post#1843 » by BlueSan » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:19 pm

Although I am naturally a big fan of Dallas, I have to be realistic here and say that I personally do not see them reaching the playoffs.

And if they do, that I will be really surprised.

Here is hoping for the best, but expecting realistically lower than rank 8
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Re: Mavericks Summer of 2019 

Post#1844 » by Teffer10 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:22 pm

Rn5ho wrote:Last year everyone doubted Luka could play against NBA competition/defense.. he was "too slow", "reached ceiling", "not athletic enough", etc. etc.

And he proved everyone wrong. This year, everyone (not literally) is saying how Mavs have almost no chance of reaching playoffs and I think everyone will be proved wrong again - Luka is working his ass off and I'm expecting him to go for 25/8/8 type of season, carrying this team to the PO. He is hungry, he hates losing and team is now openly going for POs (Luka said he wants PO and anything else will be disappointment), so there will be no tanking/holding back.

I'm looking forward to the new season and can't wait to see doubters/haters proven wrong again.

I think most of us agree with you but at least for me it will be KP's ability to stay healthy and Wright's ability to take his game to another level. All of the other role players (Seth, Brunson, Maxi, Powell, Jackson, Boban, Broek and THJ) just need to be who they are.
If those things happen I would say we are in the POs.
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Re: Mavericks Summer of 2019 

Post#1845 » by Archx » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:35 pm

Problem is, they have a strong bench again, but it's the starting unit that's a big concern right now. If KP can not stay healthy for at least 70 games, they will miss the playoffs. LD is not all around 2 way player like LBJ ( yet? :) ) or a scoring machine like Kobe was, he won't be able to carry them alone.

When you start inserting important bench players into the starting lineup, like THJ, DFS, Powell or even Curry, you create a huge gap on the bench. I mean, this season will have to be almost perfect for them to reach playoffs in my opinion.
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Re: Mavericks Summer of 2019 

Post#1846 » by Imon » Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:52 am

I don't know if anyone has brought this up yet but it was announced a few days ago that 5miles and the Mavs have agreed to end their jersey sponsorship contract.

While I would be perfectly happy for sponsors to disappear from NBA jerseys I'm not so naive to believe team owners would just willingly give up an opportunity to make more money.
Any ideas about who the next sponsor might be? I think the obvious answer might be American Airlines but they also have naming rights to the arena so they probably don't need the jersey sponsorship.
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Re: Mavericks Summer of 2019 

Post#1847 » by dirkforpres » Thu Aug 15, 2019 5:34 am

Imon wrote:I don't know if anyone has brought this up yet but it was announced a few days ago that 5miles and the Mavs have agreed to end their jersey sponsorship contract.

While I would be perfectly happy for sponsors to disappear from NBA jerseys I'm not so naive to believe team owners would just willingly give up an opportunity to make more money.
Any ideas about who the next sponsor might be? I think the obvious answer might be American Airlines but they also have naming rights to the arena so they probably don't need the jersey sponsorship.


Whoever the highest bidder is. Some other Dallas based company should jump on this though

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