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Mavs star Luka Doncic’s wise words on contending for a title in unique 2020-21 NBA season

Mavs, Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has always been a man of few words, and he was trite yet again when asked about the team’s future entering the 2020-21 season. The former Rookie of the Year said health will be imperative over the course of a long season for the Mavs and others in the NBA, both in terms of injuries but especially due to the presence of the virus.

Doncic also said the Mavs are primed to make another big leap after gaining valuable playoff experience last season.

Dallas had a bit of a strange offseason.

General manager Donnie Nelson hinted the team would be aggressive in adding vets or possibly pursuing a star. But the Mavs had a hard time doing either of those things.

Instead, Dallas repositioned. Nelson added some defense on the wing by trading for Josh Richardson, though he sacrificed perimeter shooting by sending Seth Curry to the Philadelphia 76ers.

However, the Mavs could be hoping second-round pick Tyrell Terry can fill Curry’s role, and first-rounder Josh Green is the perfect “3-and-D” type for Dallas’ roster. Nelson also brought back veteran guard J.J. Barea while re-signing Willie Cauley-Stein.

Still, Dallas’ overall team progression will be determined by how high Luka can climb.

Doncic set the NBA world on fire this past season, averaging 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists while establishing himself as one of the best players in the league in just his second season.

More growth from Doncic will be just as impactful–if not more so–than any free-agent or star acquisition could have been. That bodes well for the Mavericks since Doncic seems to be dripping in confidence.