Dallas Mavericks question heading into offseason: 5. Can they fill holes?
The Mavs currently have a flawed roster. Luka Doncic produced unthinkable numbers in the playoffs because he had to for Dallas to have a chance to advance. They outscored the Clippers by seven points during his 281 minutes on the floor in the series, but LA won the 55 minutes he was on the bench by 43 points. The Mavericks need to get Doncic some help.
They crave a secondary creator that can keep the offense rolling when Luka rests. If Dallas held their own during his time on the bench, they would have won the series. The Mavericks need a veteran that can run the offense and get his teammates open shots.
Dallas will also be searching for defensive upgrades this offseason. They had the top offensive rating in the league in 2020 but slipped to eighth this season. The Mavs traded Seth Curry for Josh Richardson in hopes of sacrificing some offense for a defensive upgrade. Instead, they finished 21st in defensive rating and allowed 119.7 points per 100 possessions to the LA Clippers in the playoffs.
Dallas would also benefit from putting more shooting around Luka. They also could be searching for rebounding and rim protection upgrades on the open market. Can the Dallas Mavericks fill their holes this offseason?
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