Dallas Mavericks free agency grade: Ryan Broekhoff signs
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks officially signed Australian wing Ryan Broekhoff on Aug. 6 to a contract, and we evaluate that transaction.
The Dallas Mavericks officially signed a fresh face on Aug. 6 in Ryan Broekhoff. He is a 27-year-old with no NBA experience, but Broekhoff has played professionally overseas since 2013.
Broekhoff is a 6’7 wing capable of filling in at multiple positions, and he should give the Mavs’ bench a different type of player to call on in situations.
Let us evaluate the Ryan Broekhoff signing further.
Broekhoff signing grade: A-
The Dallas Mavericks had a defined need on the wing. They were looking for a player capable of spacing the floor and being versatile. The Mavs found that in Ryan Broekhoff.
Because Broekhoff has spent his entire professional career overseas, the name does not jump out to NBA fans. He legitimately could be one of best 3-point shooters in the league next season, though. Broekhoff has connected on 363 of 822 3-point attempts over the last four seasons. That is a 44.2 percent connect percentage from the shorter international 3-point line.
Plus, Broekhoff shot over 50 percent from the field last season and is proven free throw maker. He is capable of playing without the ball in his hands and is a solid passer. Broekhoff also averaged over a steal per game in three of the last four seasons which is mostly a product of his high basketball IQ.
Do not get too excited as Ryan Broekhoff is going to be a role player for Dallas. He figures to struggle on the defensive end and lacks elite athleticism that could hold him back slightly in the NBA.
Broekhoff gives the Mavs an option to play over Dorian Finney-Smith, though. If Dallas is searching for wing defense, they insert DFS, but if they need floor spacing and offensive production, it is Broekhoff time.
The fact that the Dallas Mavericks signed an experienced wing with his shooting capabilities on a short-term low money deal was a fantastic move. Sure Broekhoff’s defense gives him a slight downgrade, but this signing still is worthy of an A-minus grade.
The Dallas Mavericks added Ryan Broekhoff in what was a wise decision for the franchise. He is a player to watch during training camp because his role and playing time is indeed up for grabs. Broekhoff needs to prove he is a capable NBA rotation piece and that he fits in well with the rest of the roster. That should not be an issue for the 27-year-old, though. Stay tuned.
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