The Dallas Mavericks will be NBA Champions in the next five years

NBA Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
NBA Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Despite a loaded Western Conference, Luka Doncic will lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Championship victory in the next five years.

Hear me out first before you start yelling. Let me breakdown why the Dallas Mavericks are going to win an NBA title within the next five years.

To start, the roster is in the early stages of dominance and mirror that of other great Maverick teams. The early years of Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash resemble the Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic duo. While it took Dirk and Nash were never able to fulfill championship aspirations together, it would seem immature to say that Doncic and Porzingis would not be given that opportunity.

As it stands right now, Doncic is already flirting with triple-double averages and it is only his second year in the league. In his first year back from his ACL tear, Porzingis is putting up 19 points and nine rebounds per game while causing matchup nightmares on the court.

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In five years’ time, Porzingis will be in his ninth year in the league and Doncic will be in his seventh. Through maturity and skill set enhancement we have seen the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kevin Durant all win their first NBA title within that 7-to-9 year window.

Sure the team as it is currently constructed is not perfect, but it has yielded the best offensive rating prior to the season’s hiatus. These Mavs are third in scoring and are in the top 10 in 3-point shooting. Can you imagine what would be happening five years from now and how good this team could be?

The formation of the future roster is dependent on what owner Mark Cuban is willing to spend. He has never been afraid to swing for a trade like Tyson Chandler, or willing to make pitch meetings for free agents (before the Clippers made DeAndre Jordan a hostage in his own home), it would be hard for marquee NBA free agents to ignore what the Mavericks have to offer.

Based on what Cuban prefers, it appears that it is either young big men or veteran guards and wing players (i.e., Monta Ellis, Shawn Marion). If they cannot nab the stars of the league when they hit the market, then surely they can lock up key supportive assets that are a bit of an improvement to what they are currently holding.

The key here is making sure that Mark Cuban does not make the same mistake in letting one of these two go as he did with Steve Nash, although he has stated that he learned from this mistake.

Perhaps none of this sways you, so how about we take a look at the parity trend of the modern NBA. It seems like each team has a duo, thus ending the super-team era (for now). Teams focus on depth rather than making their rosters top-heavy.

With that said, five years from now, LeBron will be 40 years old and will Anthony Davis be enough to lure stars to join him in Los Angeles? If the Clippers are always stifled by the Lakers, will the duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard look back East? Russell Westbrook is not going to have the same level of explosiveness at age 36 so where does that leave James Harden in Houston? Will Golden State scare anyone as they did before (that answer is probably a yes)?

Of course, you have the depth of Denver, the 3-point shooting of Utah, and two fellas named Ja Morant and Zion Williamson. This is not to mention that wherever the Giannis Antetokounmpo goes it will be a fierce matchup.

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None of this is to discredit what the other teams are able to do now or in the future, but the Dallas duo playing their best ball while their current conference competitors are on the downhill of their careers seems to play in their favor.