It’s time to continue our series breaking down the Mavericks’ roster.

Rather than just running down the assets and debits of each player, we’re going to approach this year’s roster evaluation a little differently.

With a sound track.

Since the Mavericks reached the Western Conference finals last season and have made it clear that championships are the only measuring stick they will use moving forward in the Luka Dončić era, it’s time to analyze what they need from each player to someday make that a reality, preferably sooner than later.

And there’s a theme song, sometimes more than one – basketball’s version of walk-up music, if you will – for each player.

So here we look at each player (in alphabetical order) and what they must accomplish for the Mavericks to be title worthy. We’ll assume good health for everybody, which is always the No. 1 issue.

Next up is Tyler Dorsey.

THEME SONGS: I Get Around by the Beach Boys and Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones.

KEY STAT THAT MUST IMPROVE: In 104 NBA games, he has shot under 39 percent. You have to do a lot of other things well to overcome that liability.

BREAKDOWN: Please allow Dorsey to introduce himself. He’s a man of wealth and taste. Well, we will find out for sure about all that in the next few months. But, much like Mick Jagger, he does get around. Dorsey is the Mavericks’ two-way player (one of those spots remains open) and he comes after being the 41st overall draft pick in 2017, spending two seasons in the NBA and then three overseas (two in Greece, where he has dual citizenship). The 6-5 shooting guard has a decent 3-point stroke and at 26, he should be coming into his best NBA years. He was a solid player in both Israel and Greece with teams at the top level. He’s also been a sidekick of Giannis Antetokounmpo on the Greek national team. The question is whether he can translate all that international success back into the NBA. He’s a low-risk investment for the Mavericks and potentially could reap some nice dividends during the course of the season. It will be a major success for him and the team if he can carve out consistent minutes with the Mavericks and not just the Texas Legends.

NEXT: Dorian Finney-Smith.


Luka Doncic:

Spencer Dinwiddie:

Reggie Bullock:

Davis Bertans:


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