Glaring hole Dallas Mavericks need to fix this offseason: 2. Perimeter defense
The Mavs made the Seth Curry for Josh Richardson swap on draft night 2020 with an eye on improving their defense. Instead, Dallas sits 18th in defensive rating as they allow 112.1 points per 100 possessions. Guards routinely roast them for massive performances as the trade has not gone as planned for the Mavericks.
Dorian Finney-Smith continues to improve on both ends of the floor. He has transformed into the team’s best 3-and-D wing. He often takes on the opposition’s top scorer and is shooting over 40 percent from 3-point range for the first time in his career.
The Mavs would be better suited with Finney-Smith guarding the opposition’s second or third scorer, though. They need that perimeter defensive stopper that can slow down elite scorers. The defender that opposing team’s fear.
The Mavericks made an emphasis on defense this season. They routinely start their best defensive lineup and want to improve on that end of the floor. It will take an upgrade or two for the Mavs to finish top ten in defensive rating and become true title contenders. Kristaps Porzingis must protect the rim as Dallas improves on the perimeter.
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