Why Dallas Mavericks should trade for Zach LaVine: 3. Secondary playmaker
Luka Doncic was second in the NBA in touches and time of possession last season along with being first in drives. The Mavericks are at their best when he has the ball, but the team would love to lighten his workload slightly.
Doncic is down to 91.5 touches per game this season, which ranks fifth in the league. Fans have seen Josh Richardson, Jalen Brunson, Trey Burke, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all bringing the ball up the floor for the Mavericks. Dallas might prefer to take another small chunk of Luka’s touches away.
Zach LaVine is a capable ball-handler and secondary creator. He is a score-first guard that averages 4.5 assists per game over the last three seasons combined. The Mavericks were searching for a secondary creator in the offseason. They hoped Josh Richardson would fill that role, but the playmaking has not been there so far. LaVine could step in and take some touches and creative responsibility.
The Mavericks love to run pick and rolls. LaVine ranks tenth in points per possession on that play among players with at least five attempts per game this season at 1.04. Having another strong pick and roll ball handler should help the Mavs vault into the top five in offensive rating for the second straight year.
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