Are the Mavericks a playoff contender this season? In Dirk Nowitzki's mind, they are. When you add one of the league's best rebounders and defenders to your roster in DeAndre Jordan and draft a player who is expected to make an immediate impact in Luka Doncic, you know the Mavericks are going to be more competitive than they were last season. But how much more competitive? "We know the West is a monster and now with LeBron (James) coming out West, we know there are probably six or seven teams that are really strong and probably a lock for the playoffs," Nowitzki said. "And the other teams are going to be scrambling and fighting."