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Mark Cuban Proposes Mavericks Do Not Require A “Second Star”

Image Source: Mark Cuban @ Instagram

When questioned by Taylor Rooks from Bleacher Report (video link) if Luka Doncic is surrounded by sufficient talent to secure a title, owner of the Mavericks Mark Cuban put forward the idea that Dallas already possesses the necessary elements to achieve that objective.

“Having not advanced beyond the first round in a decade, much of it came down to execution and conversations with our players during the series, which was a recurring theme,” expressed Cuban regarding the showdown in the Western Conference Finals against the Warriors (credit to Johnny Askounis of Eurohoops.net). “So in our case, it’s not so much about needing that additional star player or anything of that sort, it’s more about gaining experience and time in crucial moments during the playoffs, which will ultimately yield results.”

As highlighted recently, Cuban also recognized Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins as a game-changer in the series, noting that Golden State’s execution, veteran know-how, and adaptability made them a formidable challenge for the Mavericks.

Cuban’s remarks are significant for several reasons. Following the trade of Kristaps Porzingis to the Wizards in exchange for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans, the Mavericks saw success with lineups featuring multiple shot creators, floor spacers, and more versatile defenders. While Porzingis was initially envisioned as Dallas’ second top player, circumstances didn’t align with the 7’3” center for various reasons.

Although not explicitly stated, Cuban’s statements imply that the organization may not have considered Jalen Brunson as a star player, and supposedly declined to match or exceed the offer he received from the Knicks in free agency. Brunson had an impressive postseason for Dallas, posting averages of 21.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 3.7 APG on .466/.347/.800 shooting over 18 games (34.9 MPG), making his departure a tough blow.

Similarly, it could be inferred that Dallas doesn’t label newcomer Christian Wood as a star either. The Mavs traded the 26th overall pick in the 2022 draft and four players on expiring contracts to Houston to secure Wood.

Ultimately, the perception of players by a team is overshadowed by their on-court performance, and the Mavericks are coming off their most prosperous season since claiming the championship in 2011. The question remains, have they made sufficient strides to keep moving closer to another title? With the Clippers and Nuggets recovering from injuries, potential improvements from the Timberwolves and Pelicans, as well as the Warriors, Grizzlies, and Suns remaining competitive, the Western Conference is set to be brimming with talent in 2022/23, making winning the championship no easy feat.

Rooks’ extensive interview with Cuban, lasting over an hour, is a must-watch for any Dallas supporters.

Image Source: Mark Cuban @ Instagram

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