Dallas Mavericks need in free agency: 3. Perimeter defense
The Mavs traded Seth Curry for Josh Richardson and a second-round before last season. They sacrificed some offensive punch for a defensive upgrade. The move did not work out as planned, and Richardson’s minutes plummeted in the playoffs. Dallas is still searching for that plus perimeter defender to pair with Luka Doncic in the backcourt.
The Mavericks need a stopper. Someone that can defend the opposition’s lead ball-handler and make his life difficult. Dorian Finney-Smith has been the team’s best defender for the last two years. He is underrated but does not have the quickness to guard the top point guards in the Western Conference. The Mavs should be searching for a strong perimeter defender with versatility.
Adding a rim protector and a strong perimeter option would do wonders for the Dallas Mavericks’ defense. They ranked 21st in defensive rating during the 2020-2021 season. Both teams in the NBA Finals were in the top ten, which continues a decade-plus long trend. The Mavs need to improve their defense to jump into title contention.
New head coach Jason Kidd and his staff could also help the team’s defense. It would not be the first time an NBA organization changed head coaches and made a significant leap on that end of the floor. The Mavericks need to acquire a strong perimeter defender to reach another level.