Dallas Mavericks need to create more transition opportunities

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks have had a ton of success in transition through 19 games, but they need to create more opportunities to unlock their full potential.

The Dallas Mavericks are playing unbelievable basketball right now. They have won three straight games and seven of eight. The return of Harrison Barnes and Devin Harris sparked the run and allowed the Mavs to improve their defense.

On the offensive end, rookie Luka Doncic has been the engine. The 19-year-old is averaging 19.1 points per game through 19 games. He has shown exceptional ball handling and 3-point shooting ability (39.8 percent) to add to his scoring.

The Mavericks are averaging 111.1 points per game which ranks 13th in the league according to NBA Stats. The Mavs offense could improve in a plethora of different ways, but let us focus on one way they could boost their standing.

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Transition success

Bobby Karalla shared two Tweets on Nov. 30 about the Mavericks fantastic play in transition this season. Fans should check them out here.

Watching the games, fans will see how both Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. create a ton of easy baskets when they push the ball up the floor. The Mavericks have a fantastic combination of shooting and rim running options to wreak havoc on the scrambling defense.

Need more attempts

The Mavs are quite successful in transition, but they do not create enough attempts. Dallas ranks 21st in pace this season, and they are not trying to create a plethora of transition opportunities.

The organization knows how successful they have been early this season at scoring in transition, so it will be interesting to see if they push the ball more. The Mavericks could add to their efficiency by doing so. That would push them into being a top-ten offense.

Final thoughts

The Dallas Mavericks need to create more transition opportunities as the season progresses. They are the most efficient team in those attempts, but they do not attack that frequently. Opening up more and pushing should increase their overall efficiency.

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Transition play is just one way the Mavs could boost their offense. The Smoking Cuban will continue searching for ways to maximize the Dallas Mavericks as they push for the playoffs in the deep Western Conference, so keep it tuned right here.