Dallas Mavericks: Ryan Broekhoff impressing early in camp

Dallas Mavericks Ryan Broekhoff (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Ryan Broekhoff (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks oldest current rookie Ryan Broekhoff is impressing with his 3-point shooting ability and beyond early in training camp.

The Dallas Mavericks signed Australian wing Ryan Broekhoff this offseason.  Some fans have likely never heard of 28-year-old Broekhoff.  He has five years of professional experience overseas after playing in the NCAA for Valparaiso.

Mavs followers may also remember him from the Australian National Team in the 2016 Olympics.  Broekhoff was a role player on their team that lost the bronze-medal game.

He is best known as a sharpshooter from deep.  Last season, Broekhoff sank 65 of 133 3-point attempts or 48.9 percent from the shorter international line.  Over his pro career, Brokehoff has hit on 42.9 percent of his 956 threes taken.  That is a skill the Mavs desire and will not take for granted this season.

Impressing early

Ryan Broekhoff was one of the best 3-point shooters outside of the NBA the last few seasons, but what translates to the NBA?  That is a question fans will be attempting to determine for the entire training camp.  Broekhoff has been impressing over the first two days, though.

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Want to see him shoot?  Isaac Harris sent out a Tweet showing Broekhoff nailing shot after shot.  Fans can view the video here.

Shooting a significant percentage from downtown is a quick way to earn minutes in the NBA.  Teams are always looking for wings that are willing to spot up and knock down jumpers.

Mavericks’ veteran guard J.J. Barea also heaped on some massive praise for Broekhoff on Sept. 23.  You can listen to him talk here courtesy of Dwain Price.

A lot on the line in camp

Broekhoff knows he needs to stand out in camp in order to earn consistent minutes in the Mavs rotation.  The early signs have been positive, but the team has only practiced for two days.   Broekhoff could be a key contributor for Dallas if he makes the adjustments to the new league quickly.

The Mavericks brought him to the NBA, but he could play his way out of the rotation over the next three weeks too.  No pressure, but Broekhoff needs to show the coaching staff and front office that he deserves minutes every night.

Final thoughts

Ryan Broekhoff, one of the Dallas Mavericks newest additions, is impressing during the beginning of training camp.  He could become a 40 percent 3-pointer shooter as a rookie.  Broekhoff looks dangerous heading into the new season.  That is an area the team has a need and that alone could be enough to earn Broekhoff consistent minutes.  Stay tuned.

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