The Dallas Mavericks offseason did not begin as most fans would have hoped, with their potential draft selection going to the Atlanta Hawks. However, there are still quite a few things the Mavs could do to solidify their team heading into next season.
June 30th will be the day that all Dallas Mavericks fans will tuck themselves into bed, with the anticipation of what the next day will bring. That is the day that NBA free agency opens. There are several pieces that the Mavericks could sign that would help solidify their roster around Luka and Kristaps Porzingis. Here is a look at the five things that one of those potential players, Klay Thompson, can bring to the Dallas Mavericks.
Klay Thompson has long been noticed as one of the “Splash Brothers” for just about as long as he has been in the league. He is without a doubt one of the better shooters in the league today. He definitely would help to provide the off the ball shooting/scoring that the Mavericks will desperately need next to Luka and KP.
Over his career, Klay has shot a very respectable 42% from behind the arc. This would put him fourth all time in three-point percentage if he were to finish his career at that percentage. In the 2011 run to the title, the Dallas Mavericks had several players that could step up and knock down the long ball at a decent percentage.
He has also averaged 19.5 points per game over his career. These points would provide yet another obstacle for opposing coaches to attempt to defend on a nightly basis. Because of his ability to score, this would make him a dangerous “pick-and-pop” option. He would fit quite nicely into Carlisle’s system of trying to free up shooters.
Another scoring aspect Klay would bring to Dallas is his ability to be consistent at the free throw line. His free throw percentage throughout his career has been 84.8% over his eight years in the league. There has definitely been a lack of free throw shooting proficiency on the Mavs, but Klay would definitely not fall into that category.
Finally, in regards to his scoring, he would bring a different element that the Mavericks desperately need if they are wanting to make a run back to the playoffs. Klay is one of the few stars in today’s league that does not need the ball in his hands the entire game to be effective. He has proven to be an excellent option away from the ball, and would definitely provide a great option for a spot up shooter after receiving a jaw-dropping assist from Doncic.