How Dallas Mavericks adding J.J. Redick helps Luka Doncic: 5. Elite shooter
The last time the Mavs had a 40-plus percent career 3-point shooter on their roster, they produced the highest offensive rating in NBA history. Luka led the way with Seth Curry spacing the floor and knocking down jumpers. Dallas has dipped to 11th this season after trading Curry to Philadelphia for Josh Richardson.
The Mavericks got that shooting back by acquiring Redick. The veteran is a career 41.5 percent 3-point shooter that is making over 54 percent in his first three games with Dallas. Luka is one of the best players in the league at creating open looks and finding his teammates. Redick led the NBA in 2016 by shooting 47.5 percent from three, but he could rival that career-high playing off Doncic.
Luka is second in the NBA in drives and leads the league in touches. Redick will not take the ball of his hands, but he will give the Mavericks superstar additional space to operate. J.J. draws defenders and keeps them honest. Dallas led the league in offensive rating the last time they had that type of player flanking Luka Doncic.
Redick gets open in a different way, though. It could give the Mavs high-powered offense a few new wrinkles.
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