New Year’s resolutions for the Western Conference NBA for vanguard sports .
Dallas Mavericks: Learn to cook
Everything is starting to trend this way already, but the Mavs have to turn everything over to Luka Doncic and start building a meal around him now. It’s going to be delicious. His buzzer-beater against the Portland Trail Blazers was the latest evidence that the rookie has all the makings of an all-time chef. He just needs the ingredients to maximize his considerable talent.
Denver Nuggets: Don’t disappoint
The Nuggets rank among the league’s top 10 in both offensive and defensive rating, and they’ve done it at less than full strength, mainly because Nikola Jokic has been a monster. Denver is working without Paul Millsap, Will Barton, Isaiah Thomas and Michael Porter Jr. Gary Harris can’t stay healthy. That’s a playoff team on its own in the East, and yet somehow the Nuggets have held it together. It almost seems too good to be true, and that’s a trap we don’t want them to fall into again. Give us something other than the Golden State Warriors to believe in out West.