The Dallas Mavericks were hoping for a good NBA season but their performance so far has been underwhelming. They dropped their sixth-straight game, a loss to the Phoenix Suns courtesy of a Devin Booker dagger three-pointer.

The loss sent the Mavericks to 13th place in the Eastern Conference, not exactly a good position that head coach Rick Carlisle wants to be in. Despite having Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis in two, the consensus is that the Mavs are lacking another player to help out the two resident stars.

But even with their current roster, they are in a position that no one envisioned them to be. It could be attributed to bad breaks or bad luck, especially that 108-109 loss to the Suns. Frustration is understandable but it appears Doncic is not ready to go there.

“We’ve got to stay positive. I think this is where you can see who we are, in the tough moments. We’re sticking together. I think the last two games were way better than before, and this is where the big things come together,” Doncic stated in a report from the Dallas Morning News.

Worth mentioning that the Mavs started the season without Porzingis. However, the Latvian has since returned but Dallas’ fortunes have hardly changed. He has played in 10 games and his numbers are practically the same as his career-averages, if not better.

With Doncic and Porzingis producing their usual numbers, a reason could be the person that the Mavs have at the moment. Dallas may need to take a second look at its roster and figure out what they lack.

A third superstar was suggested last season but the Mavs had a limited budget to work with. One person who believed that team owner Marc Cuban will pull some strings next offseason is retired NBA center Shaquille O’Neal.

“If you put two more superstars with him, he definitely win. Mark knows what to do. In the summertime, look for some of these disgruntled superstars because Luka can’t do it by himself. Nobody can ever do it by himself. He needs somebody out there with him,” O’Neal said in a recent interview with Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

There is still time for the Mavs to make something out of the current season. Doncic remains optimistic but like most stars, his patience is something that could wear out.

Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks Getty Images | Jonathan Bachman