Do the Dallas Mavs have high expectations

Many people believe the Dallas Mavericks are one of the “new hopes” of the NBA. But, they still have to prove they can play atop the Western Conference with the big boys – and they have to prove they can go and take it – by not letting LA run roughshod. I think we can all agree the Mavericks are getting better and, perhaps, can win the NBA championship – of course it is possible for Luka and company.

They are currently tied up at 2 games apiece in the playoffs.
What should we expect, and what could we expect?
They have a solid combination of scorers who can pound teams quickly, before opposing defenses are completely set up, Dallas is sitting at 3rd in the NBA at 116 ppg. They have a very efficient style that is a lot of fun to watch.

It’s scary to think about how nasty the Mavs can be, if all on the same page. Especially as Luka Doncic is still just 21 years old – and I don’t think he has come close to moving into his prime yet, he is only getting better. His numbers have been remarkably dynamic over the last 2 seasons, so it’s hard to imagine he is just going to fade away anytime soon. The rock will be in his hands, a lot – and good things always happen, when that happens. I fully expect Luka to be the impressive offensive player he always has been.

Doncic led the Dallas Mavericks in scoring in last seasons journey with 21ppg, as well as assists per game at 6.0 – but they finished at just 33-49. Which was rough, they had been a steady 50-55 win team since 2000 – with 12 seasons winning 50 or more games since then, but recently had started to slip. Luka is and always will be a very tough cover, his shooting and skills on the court are without question, the soul of this team.
Kristaps Porzingis – the deadly PF – still needs to improve his post up game down low, in my opinion. This will put him even that much tougher to defend, with his size and shooting skills – but it would also put Porzingis in a better position to use his 7-3 length and get more rebounds.
His 9.5 rpg is solid, but could be a 12-13/game player.
Another area that he can improve in, is his passing – he plays it safe, always looking to just making the safe play – he doesnt punch when in the corner. I don’t want risky – but someone who fights back with a couple haymakers when shoved in the corner. Porzingis rarely takes any risks with his passing, he seems to be preoccupied with making the “right” decision. The 7-3 Latvian rarely drives and kicks out – I would expect that to keep improving with Luka and Hardaway lurking around the arc, knocking it down from downtown.
But, overall, Porzingis has been stellar over his 4 year career. He has really shown what he can do in Dallas – and he is showing it off, and has had 3+ turnovers in a game only 9 times this season – but has also had 3+ assists in just 15 games this season as well.
One of the biggest questions for the Mavs will be – is Tim Hardaway getting around the 15 shots/game that he was getting over the last 2 seasons timeframe. Something is going to have to give being that he is surrounded by so many other scoring options in Dallas, and there are more important things to do for the team. His scoring ability is underrated – but they have some big time players just like VegasTopDogs has big time handicapping experts.
This season, he has been getting up an average of 12.6 shots /game, and when he is putting up 16 or more shots /game – the Mavs have not been winning – his ball movement is more important to their winning ways. When Tim gets 16 shots up, the Mavs are just 5-9, when he gets 4+ assists the Mavs are 9-4.
The most interesting member of Dallas will likely be the veteran Hardaway – with Luka and Porzingis as far bigger scoring options. The 27 year old SG was dropped into the scoring option 3 spot for this team – as his numbers had been trending upward over the 2016-2018 seasons, going from 14 to 18ppg since 2016. But with Doncic scoring at a 29ppg clip, and Porzingis getting his 19 /game – Tim getting his scoring chances can be inconsistent.
The Dallas Mavericks have made the end of the season, and the upcoming NBA playoffs very exciting. Regardless of whether the Mavericks win it all during this weird NBA season, they have a fun talented team to watch – and there are even better days ahead in Dallas – without question. If they dont prevail in the playoffs vs the Clippers or Lakers – it’s perfectly understandable. As fun and exciting as Dallas look on paper, it takes a lot to win it all – many forget that many great teams have been beaten in the NBA playoffs with even better teams. If the Mavs lose, you can’t pin it on Luka or Porzingis – but if the Mavericks win it all – it would be pretty amazing.

NBA season recap and what to look out for

One of the most exciting leagues each year, one of the most followed and that causes the loudest noise in general, the NBA, came to a forced stop a few weeks ago. Coronavirus, or Covid-19, has caused chaos in the sports world and some of the fans that have felt it the most are the true basketball fans, who were enjoying one of the best, most competitive seasons of the NBA in recent years.

This seemed to be like a good year for LeBron James to win his 4th NBA ring, backed up by the greatness of Anthony Davis and a greatly assembled LA Lakers team. LeBron was even leading the race to NBA MVP when the season stopped. The Milwaukee Bucks are the best team in the league, according to numbers, and were showing off amazing strength and team play, lead by the “Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Other teams like the Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat or Boston Celtics, in the East, or the LA Clippers, the Denver Nuggets or Houston Rockets, in the West, were giving this season the extra ingredients we were all waiting for, while we got closer and closer to the playoffs.

The NBA has announced that they intend to finish the season, hopefully coming back to action in early June, and moving the NBA Finals to August, considering a probable format change. We all certainly hope this will happen, and we will get to watch the ending of a remarkable season, at least so far. In fact, former players and media have already commented that, if the season were to be completed, we might be in for the best playoff run ever, considering that all the superstars and best teams in the league are getting a 2 month rest, allowing them to get in shape, adjust details, work on the floor and get ready to fight for the ring. This hiatus will definitely help players return in top form and allow veterans like LeBron himself, to get to the playoffs 100% healthy.

These are the individual leaders so far in the 2019-2020 NBA season

          Points per game: James Harden, 34.4 – Houston Rockets

          Rebounds per game: Andre Drummond, 15.2 – Cleveland Cavaliers

          Assists per game: LeBron James, 10.6 – LA Lakers

          Blocks per game: Hassan Whiteside, 3.1 – Portland Trail Blazers

          Steals per game: Ben Simmons, 2.1 – Philadelphia 76’ers

          Field Goal percentage: Mitchell Robinson, 74.2 – New York Knicks

          Three Pointers made: James Harden, 271 – Houston Rockets

          Three Point percentage: George Hill, 48.0 – Milwaukee Bucks

These are the team leaders so far in the 2019-2020 NBA season

          Points per game: Milwaukee Bucks, 118.6

          Rebounds per game: Milwaukee Bucks, 51.7

          Assists per game: Phoenix Suns, 27.2

          Blocks per game: LA Lakers, 6.8

          Steals per game: Chicago Bulls, 10.0

          Field Goal percentage: LA Lakers, 48.5

          Three Pointers made: Dallas Mavericks, 1026

          Three Point percentage: Miami Heat, 38.3

          Free Throw percentage: Phoenix Suns, 82.6

If the NBA playoffs started today, just to have an idea of how things are currently in the league, in the East we would have Bucks vs. Magic, Raptors vs. Nets, Celtics vs. 76’ers and Heat vs. Pacers. In fact, Bucks, Raptors and Celtics had already clinched their playoff spot before the season stopped. In the West, we’d enjoy of Lakers vs. Grizzlies, Clippers vs. Mavericks, Nuggets vs. Rockets and Jazz vs. Thunder. Only the Lakers, so far, had clinched a playoff spot, their first since 2013.

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Who is the best NBA player under 25 yrs old

We have a young and exciting generation in the NBA right now. We have teams like the Phoenix Suns and Utah, with some great young players, like Devin Booker and Donovan Mitchell – but are they the top of the top in the age bracket of under 25?
We can talk about who is great and who is going to be great, but it comes down to who is the tops of the young age bracket right now.
Lets take a deep look at some of the top 3 NBA players under 25 playing the game right now.
So we will look at 3 of the top young guys who are balling and are under 25.
We will start with a 2nd year PG.
Trae Young; Atlanta Hawks, PG, 21 years old
Trae Young has been very good for the Atlanta Hawks – he runs the machine, he is the guy for this team, and Atlanta has a legit scoring machine , with the 21 year old, Young, at 28ppg this year. Even though defense is the weak spot for Trae – the quality of opponents in the division, has a little bit to do with his lack of ability to make plays on defense. But, he has never been a shutdown guy.
Atlanta, on offense, plays a steady pick and roll game on their bottom ended offense, but he excels with scoring the ball, and he gets a shot off all the time, and is never shy about looking for his shot either. With 20 FGA in 66% of the games this season, as of this article. He is easy to play with due to his ability to hang pts on the board – but Atlanta is a team that has no other realistic scoring options or any likely chance of making the playoffs this year.
Oddly enough, Young has a problem with knocking down shots. Hitting just 44% of his shots on the season – and hitting just 42% over the last 2 seasons, this has been his glaring problem for some time. Young seems like he would rather defer to someone else to take it over when the chips are down. He seems to be passive at times – a guy who is afraid to take the big shot. This could be based on Young only playing 1 season in Oklahoma – he may have not have learned the cold hearted assassin thought for a leader for a team.
When the game becomes tighter and rolls into clutch time – teams can lay off him & force him, it seems he lacks confidence that is really needed in that area. Teams aren’t going to be afraid of his below 45% shooting percentage.
Luka Doncic; Dallas Mavericks, SG, 20 years old
Luka Doncic takes everyone he plays to school on the court and he has been lighting up the NBA for 29ppg and almost 9 assists /game for Dallas – he has been just outstanding. Luka has been in the league for just 2 years – and has shown he is something really, really special. His scoring has been amazing to watch and his overall game is just incredible.
The 20 year old has been outplaying seasoned players with 5, and 6 years behind them – Luka is the future of this league – hands down. He is still getting down shooting the trey ball – knocking down just 32% of his 3pt shots – but he has a spectacular mid range game and is a treat to watch with leaners, and sweet jump shots. The Slovenian SG is a pure shooter for sure – he doesn’t waste his shots with crazy double covered shots – he is fun to watch scoring. He scores when needed for the Mavs – and is virtually unguardable, scoring 26+ in 76% of his games this season, as of this article.
Brandon Ingram; New Orleans Pelicans, PF, 22 years old
Brandon Ingram has been injury prone over his 4 season career with 26.5 games missed/season since 2017. Which really sucks – no one wants a talented scoring option like him, to be absent for 32% of the year – and Ingram missing games seems to be clockwork every season. It is just waiting for the time, when he go absent. Again.
The former 2nd overall pick is a beast with his natural scoring ability. Obviously Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis are better overall at the PF position – but Ingram is just 22 years old and Antetokounmpo and Davis are older and more experienced – give it time, I think Ingram is going to be a long time superstar and could be in the same classroom on the court with either one.
Brandon is a great asset to the Pelicans and is only going to get better – especially when Zion Williamson arrives.  He has rebounding, at 7 rpg- and is improving his overall defense, and he has brought rock solid scoring over the season, each and every game.
If challenged to pick 2 guys to win a championship – it’s coming down to the slender Ingram and Doncic – as I would think many feel they are the top 2 playing under 25, right now.
Imagine how good Ingram is going to be in 2-3 years from now, he is guy that has sweet scoring and shooting ability, but needs to get better with his training, he needs to stay on the court.
I grasp what Ingram and Young are – but Doncic is better.  A better player, a better leader, and easily a better shooter. Luka is only 20 years old and putting up top of the league like numbers, people need to realize that he is a transitional historic player – one that ruins a games gameplan.
Numbers don’t lie.
29ppg, 10rpg, and 9apg are just ridiculous.
What other guys are doing – is nothing close to what Luka is doing. He can play the game of basketball – bottom line. He can play with the best of them in the league. Luka and his pure scoring ability has opponents asking what kind of sorcery is being unleashed when he is on the court.