To say it’s been a wild NBA season so far would be an understatement. After having just a little over two months to prepare, the first few games naturally didn’t go as planned for most teams, as the standings show.
The NBA Christmas Day games were a bit disappointing. The Heat easily beat the Pelicans, the Bucks cruised past the Warriors, and the Nets were far better than the Celtics.
Five NBA games take place on Christmas Day. The Pelicans meet the Heat before the Warriors take on Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. They're followed by the Nets and Celtics before attention switches to the Western Conference for the Mavericks versus the Lakers and a playoff rematch between the Clippers and the Nuggets.
This year’s NBA Christmas Day games are no different, featuring an exciting cast of young up-and-coming players with everything to prove matched up against league veterans.
With all the accolades and nightly triple-doubles that Luka Doncic has accumulated, he is just a 21-year old star entering his third year in the league. Many people predict Luka to come up with an MVP-caliber year this season, but that will be dependent on the level of success that the Mavericks will achieve.
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s looming free agency decision has been the most sought-after storyline of this NBA offseason, spawning an almost-religious fervor among fans that could rival that of LeBron’s “The Decision.”
The Dallas Mavericks had cap space on their mind this offseason. A trade for Josh Richardson cleared 2021 space and improved their team for 2020/21 despite sending an all-time great shooter to the Sixers.
A stretch four who shoots light out from three and can play a bit of smallball five? That’s Danilo Gallinari, the type of player that every NBA team is on the lookout for.
But there's no point to dwell on that disappointment as the Mavericks front office faces a pivotal offseason that could catapult them to elite contention in the Western Conference. It's obvious that they need to build around Doncic and Porzingis, and they could do that by boosting their performance on the defensive end of the floor.
So I’ve decided to take a look on the blind side of one of the best young duos to watch in the NBA right now but this time, we’ll put a scope on the second man Kristaps Porzingis to analyze how he became a driving force for the Dallas Mavericks.
Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki both spent their entire careers with the team that drafted them.
Kristaps Porzingis discusses seeing his parents, quarantine hobbies and the NBA season.
Which players have impressed most since the All-Star break?
Which team has more potential to cause an upset?
The Dallas Mavericks have exceeded all expectations this season. Led by the sensational Luka Doncic, the Mavs are sixth in the Western Conference and are not a playoff opponent the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets or Utah Jazz will want to face.