The Dallas Mavericks are ranked in ESPN NBArank

The Dallas Mavericks are getting ready for the new season, and they’re hoping to take the next step. Last season, Luka Doncic led them to the conference finals, but he is dissatisfied. The 23-year-old is determined to bring a championship to Dallas, and he is only getting better. Although Doncic is unquestionably a top ten NBA player, the Mavericks lost their second-best player in free agency when Jalen Brunson agreed to a four-year, $104 million contract with the New York Knicks. Dallas improved their frontcourt by trading for Christian Wood and signing JaVale McGee, but are they better heading into the new season? ESPN has released their annual NBArankings in preparation for training camp. On September 20, they reduced the roster from 26 to 100 players, with two Mavericks included. Newcomer Wood fell to 92nd, while Spencer Dinwiddie finished 69th. Is ESPN’s ranking of the Dallas Mavericks correct this year? Wood fell from 60th to 92nd after slipping in his second season in Houston. In 30.8 minutes per game, he averaged 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.0 block, but the Rockets won a league-low 20 games. No one else can match those numbers, but how will Wood’s game translate to Dallas? Can he still put up big numbers when he’s winning? Spencer Dinwiddie was ranked 69th in the NBA by ESPN. When the Mavericks acquired him at the trade deadline, he was having a down year, but the 6’5 guard was fantastic in Dallas. He fell one spot from last year, but it is still a respectable ranking for the veteran. The biggest surprise for the Dallas Mavericks was the absence of Dorian Finney-Smith from the list. Doe-Doe is the team’s second-best player, in my opinion. Dinwiddie finished second to Jalen Brunson in ESPN’s NBA rankings. He should be prepared to step into JB’s shoes, but who will? ESPN’s rankings differed significantly from The Athletic’s player tiers. Wood did not make The Athletic’s list of the top 125, but Dinwiddie and Maxi Kleber did. Dorian Finney-Smith was ranked among the top 84 players, and ESPN’s failure to include him in the rankings was a huge oversight. Fans should be looking forward to the upcoming season and the rest of ESPN’s rankings. Which team will Luka Doncic join? Can he break into the top five? Keep reading to find out. Next. Will the Mavericks be sorry they didn’t sign Dennis Schroder? . dark