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Dallas Mavericks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had surgery this offseason. See the latest on him including his status for training camp.
Dallas Mavericks fans will not have to wait much longer. Training camp begins on Oct. 1. Mavs basketball will officially be back with the preseason opener on Oct. 8. Fans have less than a month until the regular season tips off as well.

It is an exciting time to be a Mavericks fan. Having a 20-year-old star in Luka Doncic will do that to a fan base. The addition of Kristaps Porzingis adds another level. He is set for his first game in a Mavericks uniform this fall.

Porzingis was the headliner, but Dallas also secured Tim Hardaway Jr. from the Knicks. The 27-year-old guard was averaging 19.1 points per game at the time of the trade last season.

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He had a rough go in Dallas as an injury ended his season with 11 games remaining. Hardaway Jr. had offseason surgery. Here is the latest on his status.

Luka Doncic gave the Dallas Mavericks a rookie season for the ages last year. Although he came into the league with some serious experience, he is still only 20 years old and is just going to get better.
The NBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year is more than just your average rookie. After a season in which Luka Doncic put up averages we haven’t seen from a rookie since the 1960’s, there were some that believed he peaked early. Honestly, these people are probably just jealous that the Dallas Mavericks snagged a franchise altering talent when they got Doncic.

Luka is well on his way to superstardom and most people who spend time watching and analyzing basketball can see that. In fact, while ESPN was ranking their top 50 players going into this NBA season, they asked some of the experts questions like “Which player has the most to prove this season?” or “What player outside of the top 10 will have the biggest impact?”.

One question they asked everyone was “Which player ranked nos. 30-11 is most likely to make next year’s top 10?” The experts that were asked included Royce Young, Andrew Lopez, Tim Bontemps, Mike Schmitz and Bobby Marks.

Of the five experts, all five of them mentioned Luka’s name. The only one who did not definitively pick Luka to be the most likely to crack the top 10 was Bobby Marks who actually just didn’t pick anyone and said that the top 10 will be the same again next year.

ESPN’s top 10 this season consisted of: Paul George, Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Giannis Antetokounmpo. These 10 guys are, I believe, the correct top 10 players in the league. That said, there are several older guys in this top 10 that are bound to start taking a step back sometime soon.

Luka is going to be a great player, we all know that. Will he be a top 10 player by 2020? That remains to be seen, but there is no reason to believe that he is not capable of it. With the work Luka has put in this summer, I am ready to see a really great season from the young Slovenian.

Dwain Price gave fans an injury update on Tim Hardaway Jr. from Coach Carlisle on Friday.

#Mavs coach Rick Carlisle told me G Tim Hardaway Jr. had his final follow-up on Wed. with the doctor that did his surgery. Carlisle: “From my understanding everything went well and I expect that he’s cleared.” THJ had surgery on 4/18 to address a stress injury to his left tibia.
It is positive news. Fans have seen videos of working out recently. It appears he should have no restrictions when camp begins on Tuesday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is a Maverick to watch this preseason. He started 117 of his 122 games played over the last two seasons. Dallas has an open spot in the starting five. His best fit is as a scorer off the bench, though. The Mavericks have a glut of guards that are all expecting to play 25 to 30 minutes per game.

Hardaway Jr. has an undefined role at this point. He will have to earn 30-plus minutes each night during training camp by overshadowing the likes of Seth Curry and Jalen Brunson. That will be no easy task for the 27-year-old.

The Smoking Cuban will be here all season with injury updates and analysis on the Dallas Mavericks, so supporters should check back often to never miss an article.

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