NBA analyst outlines Dallas Mavericks’ trade dilemmas – “A player like Luka Doncic, the clock is always running”

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Dallas Mavericks vs. Boston Celtics

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks have underwhelmed fans with their play this season. Despite having a historic run with their lone All-Star last season, they're currently sitting outside of the top eight in the Western Conference with a 10-11 win-loss record.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi is concerned that the Mavericks aren't doing enough to help their star player. Letting Jalen Brunson go to the New York Knicks for nothing was a huge blow in terms of their scoring production. Woj explained how little "wiggle-room" the organization has to bring Doncic enough help:

"Dallas is in a position right now where they don't really have a second-best player. So, the deals they can do, they're gonna be marginal, they're gonna be some slight upgrades. But it's gonna include more draft picks."

Woj went on, claiming that Doncic might look for a way out in the upcoming seasons because he just can't get enough help to help him win a championship in Dallas:

"A player like Luka Doncic, the clock is always running for an organization. And if all of a sudden, you end up in the play-in this year, you lose in the first round next year and you're getting deeper into his contract and you don't have a supporting cast, you worry about being able to keep that player. So, all those things are in play for Dallas right now."

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In last night's game against the Detroit Pistons, the Mavs were edged out in overtime.

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Luckily for the Mavs, the three-time All-Star is in divine form this season. If the front office doesn't do anything to improve their roster and give Doncic some much-needed help, Dallas could be in for a rough patch this year.

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The Dallas Mavericks have a habit of not giving enough help to their superstars

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Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

Luka Doncic isn't the only player from the Dallas Mavericks who has experienced this type of situation.

Before him, there was the great Dirk Nowitzki, who spent 21 years suiting up for Dallas. His time in Dallas was iconic but also hard to watch.

The only period when Nowitzki had help was from the 1999-00 season until the 2003-04 season when he was paired up with Steve Nash. During those seasons, Nash evolved into a decent starter before becoming a legitimate All-Star who was a perfect partner for Dirk at the time.


After those seasons, the front office struggled to assemble a decent squad around Nowitzki. It all culminated when the Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 championship after the 14-time All-Star performed incredible heroics to capture the Larry O'Brien trophy.


The same could happen to Doncic, although no one is sure if he's patient enough for that to come to fruition.

Also read: "This team would be so lost without this guy": Former NBA player says Dallas Mavericks being carried hard by 'top 3 player in NBA' Luka Doncic

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