NBA 2020-21: Who goes furthest in the West?

Luka Doncic looks to pass during the Dallas Mavericks' first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers

With the marathon 2019-20 NBA season in the books and the Los Angeles Lakers crowned champions for a record-equalling 17th time, thoughts turn to the 2020-21 season and the teams best placed to make deep playoff runs.

On the season’s final edition of Heatcheck, Sky Sports’ weekly NBA debate show, regulars BJ Armstrong and Ovie Soko were asked for their takes on the 2020-21 potential of a selection of heavyweight Western Conference teams, including Luka Doncic’s Dallas Mavericks.

Who goes furthest: Mavericks or Rockets?

Which Western Conference team will go further in the 2020-21 postseason, the Dallas Mavericks or the Houston Rockets? BJ Armstrong shares his thoughts

Armstrong: You threw me a softball with this one – it’s the Dallas Mavericks, without question. Luka Doncic is ready! He earned his stripes this year. He took on the physicality of the game and he did it ahead of schedule.

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The Dallas Mavericks have an opportunity to play in the playoffs and compete at the highest level. They were able to have a positive experience, even without Kristaps Porzingis for the most part who was injured during the stretch when they played the LA Clippers.

Luka Doncic beat the buzzer in overtime to level the Dallas Mavericks’ playoff against the LA Clippers

This is an important offseason for the Mavericks. Next summer is important for them too. They are in a position to really attract a big-time player. Doncic is a top-five player now. He can score, he has the mental capacity to play the game with the toughness that is necessary and he can get things done.

If I am a star player and I am not happy in my current situation, (Doncic) would be a player I would look to play with. You put a star player, a top 10 player around Doncic, you are talking about doing something special.