3 Reasons The Mavs Won’t Win The 2023 NBA Championship

The Dallas Mavericks are championship contenders for the 2022-23 NBA season and will remain so for as long as 23-year-old superstar Luka Doncic is a member of the franchise. That said, there are a few questions beyond that this season. After making the Western Conference Finals last year, is a Mavs NBA Finals appearance on the horizon? Or, to go further, is a Mavs championship in the cards this season? Unfortunately for Mavs fans, several things are working against the team that will likely prevent them from winning — let alone winning the 2023 NBA Finals. Here are three reasons the Mavs won’t win the 2023 NBA Championship.

3. Jason Kidd is not yet a championship-level coach

It doesn’t take a Jerry West-level basketball mind to see that much of the Mavs’ success in recent years is almost solely the result of Luka Doncic and his generational talent.

Last season, Doncic led all NBA players in postseason points per game, averaging 31.7, despite shooting just 34.7% behind the NBA. arc during the playoffs. Additionally, the Mavs defeated a less talented and dysfunctional Utah Jazz in the first round and a broken and possibly even more dysfunctional Phoenix Suns franchise in the second round.

When the team got to the Western Conference Finals, on the doorstep of a Mavs championship, the team’s talent alone wasn’t enough to get them across the line against the deepest Golden State Warriors.

That’s when Doncic and the team needed a coach to do some creative game planning to figure out how to counter the Warriors’ shooting and rebounding superiority.

Jason Kidd has no answers.

And this is the problem of the 2022-23 season. After a soda season with the Brooklyn Nets and four years and no playoff wins with the Milwaukee Bucks, Kidd had his best year in Dallas last season.

He won 52 games and two playoffs, and that’s a huge accomplishment. Still, he’s not on the next level yet, and when the Mavs meet more experienced and successful coaches like Steve Kerr, Tyronn Lue or Monty Williams again, the Mavs will have the second-best coach in the series.

2. The Mavs still don’t have a second star to compliment Luka Doncic

You have to go back to the 2004 Detroit Pistons and, before that, the 1979 Seattle Supersonics to find an NBA championship-winning team without at least two — if not three — superstars on the roster.

The Mavs absolutely have one in Luka Doncic, and he’s so good he probably counts as one and a half. However, despite a number of tries this offseason, there is still no 1B to Doncic’s 1A.

Trading for Christian Wood and signing JaVale McGee were good moves. They both provide much-needed inside help in Dallas, and the 27-year-old Wood probably didn’t hit his ceiling on a bad Houston Rockets team.

Yet none of these players are complementary stars.

Probably the closest player a Robin has to Batman from Doncic last season was Jalen Brunson, and the Mavs lost him to the New York Knicks in free agency. There won’t be a Mavs championship until the franchise finds a real running mate for Luka.

Before the 2023 NBA Finals, there is still a chance to do so. But at the moment, it doesn’t seem like that’s happening.

1. Luka Doncic has played too much basketball in the past two years

Luka Doncic is the most exciting and entertaining player to watch in the NBA right now. The healthier he is and the better he plays, the better it is for the NBA.

The problem is that over the past two years — since the NBA returned to the bubble in late July 2020 — Doncic has played an incredible number of high-leverage minutes around the world.

The Mavs superstar was 19th in the NBA in minutes per game in 2020-21 (34.3) and ninth (35.4) in 2021-22. He played a grueling six and seven game playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in 2020 and 2021 and played in 15 postseason games in 2022.

In the meantime, Doncic didn’t back down and lay down on a beach somewhere in Slovenia.

In the summer of 2021, he led his Slovenian national team to the bronze medal game at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (played in the summer of 2021), and in the 2022 offseason he played seven games in FIBA ​​​EuroBasket with his country of origin.

There are now 82 regular-season NBA games and, at a bare minimum, 16 playoff games between Luka Doncic and a Mavs championship in 2023.

Doncic is young and fit and, despite some nagging bumps and bruises, has been relatively healthy in his career. However, all that basketball will take its toll at some point and could hamper the Mavs NBA Finals chances this season.

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