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Dallas Mavericks: How J.J. Redick addition helps Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks JJ Redick Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks JJ Redick Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

How Dallas Mavericks adding J.J. Redick helps Luka Doncic: 1. Floor spacing

The biggest way Redick helps Luka Doncic is by opening the floor. Fans know the 22-year-old is one of the most dangerous offensive players in the league. Creating just a bit more room could be significant. Here is a play from the first quarter against the New York Knicks on April 16.

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Luka drives into the paint and the entire Knick defense collapses. The Mavs superstar passes the ball to Josh Richardson for an assist, but New York stopped Luka from getting an easy bucket. Here is what a similar play looks like with Redick on the floor.

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The defender on Redick refuses to leave him open in the corner. Doncic beats his man and only Elfrid Payton is left to stop the Mavs star at the rim. The result is an easy lay-in. The gravity of an elite shooter should make Luka’s life easier. Teams have to make difficult decisions to try to slow down the Mavericks. Those choices get tougher with Redick on the floor.

Next. Why Luka Doncic is the best offensive player in the NBA

J.J. Redick is going to help Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks this season. Will it be enough for them to go on a deep playoff run? Stay tuned to find out.

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