At the start of every NBA season, many teams believe they have an opportunity to win an NBA title. For some, those beliefs are realistic. For others, those beliefs are a little unrealistic.
In terms of the Dallas Mavericks, this is a team that is on the rise. Maybe not ready to win a title, but a team and player in Luka Doncic that are ready to take that next step. Last season, Dallas was the seventh-seed in the Western Conference, and obviously, they want to improve on that this season.
According to Mavericks G Trey Burke, Dallas has enough to compete for a championship.
“It’s always easy to say expectations is a championship,” Burke said on Tuesday. “That is our goal. We believe it. We believe that we have the talent here to compete for a championship. I think we have a lot of short-term goals that we want to accomplish before we can look toward a championship.”
Dallas starts the season against the new-look Suns, who added 10-time All-Star Chris Paul in the offseason and ended the season on a high note after going 8-0 in the Orlando bubble. Burke thinks Phoenix will be a nice early season test for the Mavericks.
“We have a good test tomorrow in Phoenix against a really good team who went undefeated in the bubble with a great addition in Chris Paul,” he said.
Burke is also excited about the chemistry that the Mavericks have at this point of the season, and according to Burke, it’s the best he’s been around.
“Chemistry-wise, this is one of the best teams I’ve been on,” he said. “This early as well as we meshed. It’s crazy, so I think the sky is the limit for this team. Where will it go? I don’t know. It looks good; it looks really good, and tomorrow I think we’re all excited to get out there for our first game and see what we do.”
Look, is Dallas a championship contender? It depends. Suppose Doncic continues to flourish and Kristaps Porzingis can stay healthy. In that case, the Mavericks will be a tough out for any team in the West, and you could argue if Porzingis would have stayed healthy last season against the Clippers in their first-round playoff series, that possibly the Mavericks could have pulled off the upset.
Outside of the Lakers and Clippers, you could argue that Dallas could be just as good as anybody in the Western Conference, so expect the Mavericks to take that next step this season.
On Monday, the Dallas Mavericks were playing well against the Clippers in Game 1 of their first-round series. However, with the Mavericks up five in the third quarter, Kristaps Porzingis would get ejected, and from there, Dallas would struggle and fall to the Clippers.
On Wednesday in Game 2, Luka Doncic, who finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists, ran into foul trouble in the second half and had to sit on the bench. However, the Mavericks’ bench played well, and Dallas would defeat the Clippers 127-114 to even up the series 1-1
Due to the foul trouble, Doncic, who recorded the most points (70) in his first two playoff games of anyone since the NBA/ABA merger, would play just over nine minutes in the second half.
“I was frustrated for like 15 seconds, and then I was focused,” Doncic said after the game. “I supported my teammates. They did a great, great job. Being on a bench is hard for me when I have my team playing. But we won the game. Maybe if I don’t take that foul, we don’t win the game. So it’s OK.”
Mavericks backup G Seth Curry came to his rescue and went 6-9 from the field for 15 points, 13 of which came in the second half. Also, Mavericks backup center Boban Marjanović had 13 points and nine rebounds in 10 minutes on Wednesday night.
“We brought our full energy from the beginning to the end,” Marjanović said after the game about the team’s bench. “They played well, but I think we played better in this game. Next game, we need to play super hard and give the same energy, the same spirit, and we need to believe in ourselves.”
G Trey Burke also was cooking and had 16 points on 7-11 shooting in 18 minutes off the bench, and according to Burke, the Mavericks have the talent to win this series.
“Stay together. Stay together,” Burke said about how the team reacted with Doncic on the bench. “We know he’s our go-to guy. But things happen. So we knew we had to stay together. We knew we had to continue to huddle up at all the dead balls. That’s a tough team over there with more experience than we have, but we feel like we match up great with them. We feel like we have the pieces to win this series, so tonight was a big night for us.”
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle was delighted by what he saw from his bench.
“The guys off the bench did a tremendous job,” Carlisle said. “Trey Burke was great, Seth Curry was great. Boban [Marjanović] gave us great minutes tonight. It’s a group that’s had some time together during the year, during some stretches, particularly when Luka was out. They know how to play together. The other thing was we were scoring, but we were also scrappy defensively. I thought Delon Wright’s game tonight was really huge. He didn’t put up big scoring numbers, but he made a lot of influential plays defensively with deflections, making things happen offensively. Happy for him. He really didn’t get into it in the first game, but his minutes tonight were really important to us.”
The Mavericks’ bench stepped up on Wednesday night, and based on what we have seen in the first two games, this will probably be a long series.
Coming out of Michigan, the one thing we knew about Mavericks G Trey Burke was his ability to score. At times, Burke has shown that in the NBA, including a career-high 42 points while with the Knicks in 2019.
Unfortunately for Burke, who signed with the 76ers last offseason, he did not get much of an opportunity to showcase his skills. Ultimately, he waived by the team in February.
Now, the 27-year-old Burke, who signed with the Mavericks in July, a team he played for in 2019, is getting a chance with Dallas, and he is producing. On Friday, the six-year veteran scored a season-high 31 points, and on Tuesday, Burke hit two clutch free throws to help the Mavericks defeat the Kings in OT.
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is very excited about what Bruke has done for Dallas.
“Trey has been terrific,” Carlisle said after the team’s win on Tuesday. “He is enthusiastic. He has improved defensively, and you know he can score the ball down the stretch. Those two free throws at the end of the game basically put the game away. Our guys had the confidence to get the ball in his hands, so I’m really impressed with how he’s really evolved his game over the last couple years. We had a great experience with him after the trade with New York.
“I was sorry that we were unable to bring him back because he impressed everybody with his character and his ability to score the ball and play the game. He just keeps getting better in all the areas. His vision keeps improving. His defense keeps improving. As I mentioned, the guy can flat out score the ball, and he puts pressure on the rim too. He’,s not just a shooter, so I’m really pleased for him. This is a great opportunity for him. I don’t think there’s many guys that have been signed on the COVID exception, or whatever it is, that are taking advantage of their opportunity quite like he is.”
This is an excellent opportunity for Burke, and based on how he’s been used thus far, Burke will probably have a decent role with a playoff team, and considering how he got to this point, you can’t ask for anything more.
The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III from Golden State in exchange for three second-round picks (2020 Dallas, 2021 Denver and 2022 Toronto).
In a separate deal, the team has acquired the Los Angeles Lakers’ 2020 second-round pick from Orlando in exchange for James Ennis III.
In a corresponding move, the team has waived Trey Burke, who appeared in 25 games this season for the 76ers, after signing with Philadelphia as a free agent on July 30, 2019. He averaged 5.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 13.1 minutes per game.
Burks, who is in his ninth NBA season, has played in 48 games (18 starts) and is averaging career highs across the board with 16.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 29.0 minutes per game. He’s connected on .375 of his three-point attempts this season and has made 84 threes overall. Burks scored in double figures in 40 of his 48 games, including 13 20-point outings and two 30-point performances.
In the midst of his sixth NBA campaign, Robinson III is posting career highs in points (12.9), rebounds (4.7), assists (1.8) and minutes (31.6) per game, starting each of his 48 games with the Warriors. He has shot .400 from three-point range and has posted career-high marks from both the field (.481) and free-throw line (.851).
Overall, Robinson III has seen action in 267 career games (99 starts) for Golden State, Detroit, Indiana, Philadelphia and Minnesota since being selected by the Timberwolves with the No. 40 overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft. Previously, Robinson III played 10 games with the 76ers during the 2014-15 season, making one start. He spent two collegiate seasons at Michigan before entering the NBA, reaching the National Championship game as a freshman. He helped lead the Wolverines to a 59-17 record across the 2012-13 and 2013-14 campaigns.
Ennis III originally joined the 76ers in a Feb. 7, 2019 trade with Houston and appeared in 67 total games for Philadelphia. He averaged 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per contest.
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed G Trey Burke, the team announced today. According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.
Last season, In 58 games with the Knicks and Mavericks, Burke, 26, averaged 10.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 19.4 minutes per game.
“Trey’s experience as a ball handler matched with his scoring ability makes him a good fit for our roster,” Brand said. “We’re excited to welcome him to the 76ers and look forward to the positive impact he can have on our team.”
The former University of Michigan star, had a few breakout performances in his career, which included a career-high 42 points and 12 assists against the Hornets in March of 2018.
Burke was originally drafted by Minnesota with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before his draft rights were traded to Utah. Following his debut season, Burke was selected to the 2013-14 All-Rookie First Team.
With the move, Burke, Raul Neto, and Shake Milton will probably be competing for the backup point guard spot. It’s a solid acquisition for the 76ers. You get a young guy in Burke who has shown flashes in his career. Also, if Burke can play well for the 76ers, he could possibly put himself in position to get a bigger deal with 76ers or elsewhere, the following season.
While fans loved T.J. McConnell, who signed with the Pacers this offseason, the additions of Burke and Neto should be an upgrade for the 76ers at the point guard spot.
Some believe that Burke resembles former 76ers great Allen Iverson. Hopefully, for 76ers fans, Burke’s game resembles Iverson next season.