It seems the Dallas Mavericks have slightly altered their plans for the anticipated ‘Giannis Antetokounmpo sweepstakes’ in 2021. They were expected to be quiet for the next year to save cap room, but more recent reports say they will their luck now.
The Mavs can still have a flexible cap for Giannis with or without a key trade, but either way, who can really blame them? They are an upstart team that, at the very least, needs one more reliable option to get to the next level.
So, who should be the third guy, or possibly the new second fiddle so Kristaps Porzingis can have less pressure and be a more comfortable in his offensive and defensive duties?
2019-20 averages: 20.6 PPG, 6.8 APG
There’s a lot to like in Spencer Dinwiddie’s game. There’s a long list of things he can do offensively. He can provide big-time scoring and playmaking any day of the week, and he has proven to be a team-player time and again.
Dinwiddie delivered much-needed offense for the Brooklyn Nets over the last three seasons. It didn’t matter if he was a starter who has to score points, a sixth man who distributes the ball, or being a top scorer and assist man.
2019-20 averages: 25.5 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 3.1 3PG
The athletic, high-scoring, sweet-shooting, smooth-moving Zach Lavine is an explosive wing that can light up the scoreboard. He can get points from anywhere on the floor, and just thinking about his tandem with Doncic is already exciting. They’re sure to make each other’s job easier.
Sadly, though, it’s may be tough to snag Lavine away as he’s now a main man for the Chicago Bulls, a team short on big names and established offensive weapons.
2019-20 averages: 19.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 6.7 APG, 1.6 SPG
A two-way guard is always a good addition, especially if it has the savviness of Jrue Holiday. He’s simply a smart player on both ends of the floor.
The Mavs have been searching for a point guard ever since Jason Terry and Jason Kidd left. They’ve failed a couple of times, but Holiday looks like a great fit. He’s a proven floor general that would also raise the team’s defensive intensity.
2019-20 averages: 18.9 PPG, 4.0 APG
A fast, aggressive, quick-scoring point guard will be great for the Mavs. Dennis Schroder can be a solid choice if all they can’t get the other higher-tiered guards.
Schroder has playoff experience and ability to integrate himself as a starter or sixth man. He averaged 18.9 points per game off-the-bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
2019-20 averages: 17.8 PPG, 9.6 RPG, 3.2 APG, 2.6 3PG
Another stretch big man should be interesting. It spreads the floor more for Doncic and the other guards, which can open up more things on offense. Who knows? Maybe Love can also revert back to his old style and have more opportunities in the post.
Love is still quite serviceable and capable of registering healthy double-doubles.