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If Kristaps Porzingis is healthy, what are reasonable expectations for the Mavericks?

Jonathan Tjarks joins the latest episode of Fastbreak Breakfast to discuss expectations for the Dallas Mavericks, among other things.

By trading for Kristaps Porzingis to pair with Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks have assembled their own dynamic duo to try and compete with the elite tandems of the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers.

Except, Porzingis hasn’t played in an NBA game since Feb. 6, 2018.  If he returns to the form he demonstrated right before his injury, Dallas could be a formidable, albeit shallow, team. If he isn’t fully healthy, well, it could be yet another underwhelming year from a franchise that has just 90 wins over the last three seasons.

So where should expectations be for the Mavs in a highly competitive Western Conference?

To help answer that question, Jonathan Tjarks (@jonathantjarks) joins the newest episode of Fastbreak Breakfast. Jonathan is a staff writer for The Ringer and a fan of all things Dallas. Among the other Mavericks topics addressed:

  • Who is their third-best player?
  • How will Delon Wright fit alongside Doncic?
  • What will be the best five-man unit?
  • Where does Tim Hardaway Jr. fit into the rotation?
  • Which roster has more talent top-to-bottom: the Mavericks or the Phoenix Suns?

In addition, Jonathan helps rank the bigs from the 2018 NBA Draft class (Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr.) and picks some second-year players in danger of a sophomore slump.

Fastbreak Breakfast is a podcast for serious NBA fans that is incredibly not serious. All episodes are available on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud or any other major podcast service.

Music provided courtesy of New Man and Codaphonic.

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