|Position||Name||Number||Height||Weight||Date of Birth||School|
|Guard||Barea, J. J.||5||1,83 m||84 kg||29.06.1984||Northeastern|
|Guard||Brunson, Jalen||13||1,91 m||86 kg||31.08.1996||Villanova|
|Guard||Doncic, Luka||77||1,98 m||99 kg||28.02.1999||Slovenia|
|Guard||Harris, Devin||34||1,91 m||84 kg||27.02.1983||Wisconsin|
|Guard||Macon, Daryl||-||1,91 m||84 kg||29.11.1995||Arkansas|
|Guard||Miller-McIntyre, Codi||11||1,91 m||87 kg||01.06.1994||Wake Forest|
|Guard||Smith, Dennis||1||1,91 m||88 kg||25.11.1997||North Carolina State|
|Guard/Forward||Broekhoff, Ryan||9||2,01 m||98 kg||23.08.1990||Valparaiso|
|Guard/Forward||Yanyuhang, Ding||2||2,01 m||93 kg||20.08.1993||China|
|Guard/Forward||Matthews, Wesley||23||1,96 m||100 kg||14.10.1986||Marquette|
|Forward||Antetokounmpo, Kostas||37||2,11 m||88 kg||20.11.1997||Dayton|
|Forward||Barnes, Harrison||40||2,03 m||102 kg||30.05.1992||North Carolina|
|Forward||Finney-Smith, Dorian||10||2,03 m||100 kg||04.05.1993||Florida|
|Forward||Kleber, Maxi||42||2,11 m||100 kg||29.01.1992||Germany|
|Forward||Spalding, Ray||56||2,08 m||102 kg||11.03.1997||Louisville|
|Forward/Center||Nowitzki, Dirk||41||2,13 m||111 kg||19.06.1978||Germany|
|Forward/Center||Powell, Dwight||7||2,11 m||109 kg||20.07.1991||Stanford|
|Center||Jordan, DeAndre||6||2,11 m||120 kg||21.07.1988||Texas A&M|
|Center||Mejri, Salah||50||2,18 m||107 kg||15.06.1986||Tunisia|
Dirk Nowitzki's basketball forces are dwindling. That's neither a secret nor a surprise. The 40-year-old, along with Vince Carter and Jason Terry, is actually the last active player drafted in the 90s and is probably facing his final NBA season.
Where melancholy, perhaps even grief, should be spreading, the Mavericks exude confidence and enthusiasm. Dennis Smith Jr. already showed a small preview of Dallas' bright future last season. But now with rookie sensation and boy wonder Luka Dončić on board the Mavericks have no time to waste. The playoffs are blatantly targeted and young backcourt axis of Smith and Dončić will set the pace.
Nowitzki, who is still good enough for a few threes and one-legged-fadeaways, will gladly accept the new division of forces under Dončić. "He is already better than I was at 19," says Dirk. Great praise from a great player who knows when it's time to make way for the future. Respect.
Finding a suitable successor to Dirk Nowitzki is actually close to impossible. To do it before Nowitzki hangs up his sneakers and have a fluid transition with no downtime is a miracle. Luka Dončić seems to be this miracle.
If you believe first reports from training camp, Dončić is already the best player on the team. The reigning EuroLeague Champion, MVP and EL Final Four MVP embodies everything modern basketball stands for. His versatility allows him to play any position from 1 to 3, both offensive and defensive. He is fast, his basketball IQ is off the charts and he excels as a playmaker and experienced team leader.
You may ask how can a 19-year-old already be "experienced"? The answer is simple: Before he was drafted this summer, Dončić played for four years at Real Madrid in the second-best basketball league in the world. Three times he became Spanish champion with the Madrilenes. On top of that, he led the Slovenian national team to the European title last year impressing some hard nosed NBA veterans in the process. Luka Dončić is not your average rookie who is still green behind the ears.
In addition to Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Dončić, the Mavs have two other young players in the squad: Swingman Harrison Barnes and Maxi Kleber (both only 26 years old). While Barnes is already an established NBA starter, Kleber hopes to consolidate his role in the starting five. After all, the native of Würzburg has already started 36 times last season and gives the Mavs another option to stretch the floor.
It is difficult to predict Mavericks' season because nobody knows how quickly Dončić will get used to the NBA pace. Of course, the 19-year-old already has an above-average level of experience, but the leap from Europe to the NBA has left its mark on every rookie. It usually takes a few months to get the hang of it. For some it takes years. Others can't figure it out at all and return to Europe one or two years later. Will Dončić succeed?
No matter how successful the season of the Mavs will be, one thing is already certain: they will be entertaining. Smith Jr. and Dončić will cause quite a stir and regularly appear in the highlight videos.
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