The Dallas Mavericks were one of the biggest winners of the NBA offseason.
Locking Kyrie Irving up for the future was a big win, but they also added several interesting pieces around him and Luka Doncic.
That being said, former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins believes their current ceiling is a second-round kind of team.
He explained that even though Doncic is getting better and far from his prime and Irving is in his prime, they’re still not championship contenders.
However, Perkins did say that the Mavericks are building their project in the right direction and predicted multiple players would want to play for them in years to come because of the culture they could build, similar to what’s happening with the New York Knicks when they signed Jalen Brunson, via ESPN.
He also believes they could elevate their ceiling with another trade in February.
Of course, the prospect of having two of the best scorers in the game side by side is always promising and encouraging, and now that they’ve surrounded them with serviceable defenders and role players, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Mavs go deep into the postseason.
Then again, we’ve seen this kind of thing happen way too many times in Irving’s career already.
He either gets hurt or flat-out disconnected, and you never even know if he’s going to be available or finish his contract with the team, and we already saw how quickly things went south for this organization at the end of last season.NEXT: Dirk Nowitzki Explains Why He Stayed Loyal To Mavericks