Getting the Dallas Mavericks to the next level in the NBA landscape is a bit more scientific than just stacking a few more All-Star players alongside point guard Luka Doncic and rolling them onto the court.
So said Nico Harrison, the Mavs’ general manager and president of basketball operations.
“I don’t think it’s just about having All-Stars,” Harrison said during Friday’s exit interviews. “There’s tons of teams – and I’m not even going to waste my time mentioning names – that have a bunch of All-Stars and they were sitting at home watching us play (in the Western Conference Finals).
“You need to keep upgrading the roster, but I don’t think it’s about just getting a bunch of All-Stars. I think it’s about getting people that fit together – starting with Luka – and people that can fit around him. I think that’s more important than just getting All-Stars.”
After watching Golden State have its way with the Mavs on the boards in a conference finals series the Warriors won, 4-1, Harrison noted it’s quite evident where the holes are in Dallas’ attack.
“If you look back at the series (against the Warriors), we lost two games on the boards, and I think that’s important,” Harrison said. “We need to get somebody that can help us on the rebounds, be a rim protector. I think we need to figure that out, for sure.”
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