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Dallas Mavericks: 5 things they need in free agency

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

Dallas Mavericks need in free agency: 2. Ball-handler and creator

Luka Doncic is one of the best ball-handlers and playmakers in the world. He led the Mavs to the highest offensive rating in NBA history during the 2019-2020 season. The mark was broken by seven teams this year, but that does not take away from Doncic’s greatness.

The 22-year-old averaged 35.7 points and 10.3 assists on 49.0 percent shooting from the field in the playoffs. His shooting dipped to 34.9 percent in the fourth quarter with fatigue being the number one factor. Luka led the league in time of possession this season. He is a proven clutch shot-maker, but he needs gas in the tank to excel.

The Dallas Mavericks must add another ball-handler and offensive creator this offseason. They want to keep the ball in Luka’s hands. Dallas will be searching for someone that can bring the ball up the floor and be a secondary creator next to their 22-year-old superstar.

Adding a player that could be the primary option when Luka needs a rest would be a plus. The Mavs offense cratered in the playoffs when Doncic sat. They outscored the Clippers by seven in Luka’s 281 minutes on the floor, but in the 55 minutes he was on the bench, Dallas was outscored by 43 points over the seven games. Having a player that can keep the offense rolling without Luka Doncic would be massive.