This year the Mavericks are 3-4 (9th in the east)
Team Statistical leaders:
Pts: Luka Doncic (25.8), Reb: Luka Doncic (9.0), AST: Luka Doncic (7.2), Stls: James Johnson (1.2), Blks: Maxi Kleber (0.6)
Besides Luka the leading scorers for the Mavericks are:
Tim Hardaway Jr: 17.0 ppg, 45.2% FG, 61.1% FT, PER(21st)
Josh Richardson: 13.7 ppg, 42.5% FG, PER(99th)
Jalen Brunson: 11.7 ppg, 50% FG, PER (54th)
Highest PER on the team is Boban Marjanovic. However the big man has only played in 4 games this year and averages 7 minutes/game.
PER= player efficiency rating
The Mavericks desperately need Porzingis back who could return by the end of January. In the 2019-2020 postseason Porzingis had the 2nd highest PER on the Mavs (26.11).
More importantly than Porzingis, if the Mavericks want to make it out of the West, they desperately need a 3rd star.
If they want to win now they should do this trade: James Harden for 2 1st rounders, 2 2nd rounders, and Jalen Brunson.
If they want to create a dynasty they should keep all their picks (use them wisely) and sign big name free agents. In 2021 the free agents the Mavericks should be targeting include; Kawahi Leonard, Victor Oladipo, Kyle Lowry, or Blake Griffin.