With Thanksgiving in the books, the Dallas Mavericks have a lot to be thankful for. This season, Dallas sits with an 9-8 record, and trails the first place team in the Western Conference by two games.
This isn’t bad for a team struggling to find its’ identity beyond Luka Doncic.
Let’s examine which Dallas Mavericks players have been the most impactful thus far and match them with their respective dish
Better yet, let us use Thanksgiving leftovers to metaphorically compare the players.
I think it is safe to say Doncic is the Mavs’ main course, or in Thanksgiving terms a turkey. Kind of like a turkey during the holidays, he is the head of the table. Doncic is always the one players Dallas can rely on to keep fans full of energy and excitement. Like turkey, he brings the vibes. He is the perfect dish you can’t go without. If Doncic was not around, Dallas would not be who they are today, sort of like Thanksgiving; if there was not turkey then the holiday almost seems pointless.
I am not sure how you eat a Thanksgiving meal, but for me you can’t just have one meat. This is where ham comes into play. Every team needs that extra player who is going to provide that extra meat.
This Mavs’ season it Christian Wood. His impact on the team has exceeded what Dallas has been wanting. He has proven to be a double-double machine and a reliable scorer off the bench. The team can definitely rely on him to the offense going. The question lingering is: Will this translate to increase minutes for Dallas’ big man? Only time will tell.
One side dish you can’t miss out on Thanksgiving, is dressing. Dressing is that extra support, that pairs perfectly with turkey. Similarly to this, Spencer Dinwiddie is the Mavs’ extra support. He has done a great job replacing the lost production from Jalen Brunson’s offense. Having him next to Doncic, gives the team an extra ball handler and supporter. Just imagine, if he can get back to his 2019-2020 season.
One final thing to add to your Thanksgiving leftovers is of course the bread/rolls. Rolls are that extra supplement. They provide carbs to helps finish off a meal. This is close to Dorian Finney-Smith.
He is that extra carb that provides support both offensively and defensively. His impact last season helped Dallas finish as a top ten defensive team. Without Do-Do the Mavs’ defense is incomplete, sort of a meal without a roll.
One last finishing to a Thanksgiving meal is the pie. Like the desert, a team needs someone who is going to provide that final finish. No matter what type of pie, it is always a great final touch. One person like this is Josh Green.
His ability to hustle on the court and score from the 3 point line is something that allows the team to finish certain drives. This season he is shooting 52.9 % from beyond the arc. He is definitely that final filling you need to finish a play or drive.
As I finish my Thanksgiving leftovers, it doesn’t hurt to think of what a Dallas Mavericks’ meal might look like.
With the exception of a few outlier additions, if the Mavericks wish to do anything significant with their roster, it’s through the trade desk.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and hopefully Dallas will continue giving fans something to be thankful for.