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Are the Dallas Mavericks too nice and too soft to become NBA champions?

When you look at past championship teams, all have at least one enforcer who's not afraid to point out mistakes even to star players. Do the Dallas Mavericks have that type of player?
Are the Dallas Mavericks too nice and too soft to become NBA champions?

Looking at the roster of the Mavs, they lack an enforcer who wouldn't think twice about giving a shove or a push or a technical foul to get the message across

Whatever happens in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks can't hide the truth: they got exposed in the series. So if they want to win it all, the players must improve, and one aspect they can start with is to stop being too nice.

Push back mentality needed

The Dallas Mavericks are a young team, and the head of the snake isn't even 24 years old yet. Looking at the roster of the Mavs, they lack an enforcer who wouldn't think twice about giving a shove or a push or a technical foul to get the message across: the team wouldn't allow anyone to punk them.

When we look at other championship teams, LeBron James had Udonis Haslem. Kobe Bryant had Ron Artest. Giannis Antetokounmpo had PJ Tucker. Steph Curry has Draymond Green. Dallas initially signed James Johnson as a bodyguard for Luka Doncic because Marcus Morris kept targetting him. But Johnson is now playing for the Brooklyn Nets. When you have nice guys like Boban Marjanovic, Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr, and Jalen Brunson, you'd think they don't have any mean bones. Doncic incurred many technical fouls, but they were because of his constant whining and not because he pushed someone on the floor.

Are the Dallas Mavericks too soft?

The team needs a veteran locker room presence who's not afraid to point out the mistakes, even to the star players. Haslem and Jimmy Butler almost had an altercation on the bench. Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis almost came to blows. Does Dallas have that type of player? Or are the players too nice to each other?

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Finney-Smith revealed this is the tightest bunch he's been around. When he came to Dallas, he had veterans such as Devin Harris, Dirk Nowitzki, JJ Barea, and Wesley Matthews. Now, he reveals he's close to Reggie Bullock and Trey Burke. In an interview with Basketball News, the sweet-shooting forward revealed how close-knit the team had been this year.

"Actually, we all pretty much hang out together. We are a close-knit team; even Luka comes and kicks it with us."

Chemistry is nice, but you also need to have that one player that keeps everyone accountable. Until the leaders of the team develop that killer instinct or sign someone who isn't afraid to scream at their teammates' faces, the story would most likely repeat seasons after seasons for the Mavericks.

The Dallas Mavericks aren't ready to wave the white flag yet, but even head coach Jason Kidd knows the truth: the team must learn and improve whatever the outcome of the Golden State series is.

"As we reflect this summer, whenever that starts, we'll understand what we did and how we can get better. We're going to keep fighting, but we're also going to get better from this experience."

The Mavs are still young, but they need to learn fast. Sometimes, to win it all, they have to become the hunter and not the hunted. 

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