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Dallas Mavericks: 3 things they can take from Phoenix Suns pick and roll

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks could set a screen away from the pick and roll

The Mavs pick and rolls often involve Luka getting the screen and working his way into the paint with three players standing beyond the 3-point line. The 22-year-old decides how to break the defense, but the other three are just waiting for the ball to come to them.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/06/06/0042000177/106/a6ffe4cb-2442-4f95-af1b-7bd912acb54d_1280x720.mp4

The Phoenix Suns attempt to involve everyone. Here Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton run the pick and roll, but Mikal Bridges sets a screen for Devin Booker on the opposite side of the floor to free him for a 3-pointer in Game 1 of their second-round series versus the Nuggets.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/06/07/0042000231/261/242b6b99-46a4-69ad-2261-1756218e6ab8_1280x720.mp4

The Suns brought it back throughout the series as a way to get the Nuggets defense scrambling. Fans can see a second version below.

https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/06/13/0042000234/262/c44c44cd-3f4a-b7c4-6192-7008c9edb8f5_1280x720.mp4

With a traditional center in the game, this would be a fantastic way for Dallas to involve Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis more. They could set screens for each other way from the action to attempt to create more wide-open looks. It would take some synergy, but the Mavs could have the best offensive in the league by adding a few wrinkles like this next season.

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