The Mavs are young, but will surprise teams next season

This NBA offseason saw 3 all-stars from the Eastern Conference join the Western Conference. Paul George will pair with Westbrook in OKC, Jimmy Butler joins the young T-Wolves and Paul Millsap heads to Denver.

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Dennis Smith Jr. profile

This year with the #9 pick in the 2017 draft the Mavericks decided to go with Dennis Smith Jr., an athletic PG from North Carolina State. This is the highest pick that the Mavericks have ended up with since they drafted Dirk Nowitzki in the 1998 draft in a pick they got through a draft night trade.

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The youth movement

In the past few seasons it has been painfully obvious that the Dallas Mavericks needed to start thinking about the future. With Dirk reaching the crisp age of 38 this past summer he should not be leading the team in scoring as he always has in the past. But with Dallas’ long and painful relationship with the Draft being well documented, a real youth movement had yet to begin until arguably last season.

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Optimism via Harrison Barnes

The first seven games of the 2016-2017 season are in the books and the Dallas Mavericks are in a very unfamiliar situation as they sit at a mere 2-5. It’a hard to believe that with all the terrible teams the Mavericks threw out on the court in the late 80s and early 90s (pre-Dirk) that this season is the first time in franchise history that the team started a season at 0-5. The Mavs may be in exotic territory with their recent start but the play from Harrison Barnes is reason enough for Mavs fans abroad to remain optimistic.

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