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Dallas Mavericks: Starting Willie Cauley-Stein unlocks the Mavs potential

Dallas Mavericks Willie Cauley-Stein Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Willie Cauley-Stein Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Willie Cauley-Stein (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

What does Willie Cauley-Stein bring to the Dallas Mavericks offense?

Cauley-Stein brings energy and effort on offense too. The Mavs have played well with him starting, but the numbers are down thanks in part to their recent COVID issues. Cauley-Stein’s ability to bully defenders down the post or cut backdoor for a quick jam immediately stands out.

He does not have to drop 20 points per game to be effective. Trill needs to run to the rim and catch lobs. WCS can have relatively low usage and provide immense upside since he has two All-Star teammates in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavs need Trill to play his role and throw down dunks to be most effective.

Willie Cauley-Stein’s passing is also underrated. His size and length alongside Porzingis can set up avenues only the two seven-footers could hope to connect on. Fans will see as the season goes on if Cauley-Stein can keep dishing out assists. He has 11 in his first 12 games this season.

He has shown that he can catch Luka’s more intricate passes and provide energy for second-chance points. If Cauley-Stein continues to improve his range, the Dallas Mavericks could have a unique offensive big man on their hands.

Next: Can WCS thrive in this new role?

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