Why Dallas Mavericks should make another move this offseason: 2. Need more playmaking
The Mavs lack of ball-handling and playmaking was on full display in their first-round playoff series against the LA Clippers. Luka is one of the best in the world, but Dallas’ offense ground to a halt when the 22-year-old rested. He played 281 minutes in the series where the Mavericks had an offensive rating of 118.3 and outscored the Clippers by seven points over that stretch. In his 55 minutes on the bench, Dallas produced an offensive rating of 83.0, and LA outscored them by 43 points.
The Mavs did nothing to improve their playmaking this offseason. Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown are shooters and will help their offense thrive, but they cannot handle the ball. Dallas will be reliant on Luka and searching for answers whenever he needs a break.
The organization is betting on another step forward from Jalen Brunson, but they still need someone else who can that bring the ball up the floor and create some easy looks. Goran Dragic could fill that role, but the deal is far from done. The Mavericks need to get rid of a big man and add another ball-handler, and they must do it now if they want to take the next step.
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