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Christian Wood will determine the Mavericks level of success in 2022-23 season

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Christian Wood raises Dallas Mavericks' offensive ceiling

With Jalen Brunson in New York, the Mavs have just two traditional playmakers on their roster. Luka Doncic will be the team’s engine and one of the best players in the league. Spencer Dinwiddie will start next to him in the backcourt and lead the Mavs second unit.

Shot creation beyond those two is questionable, which is why Christian Wood is the key to their offense. The 6’10 forward can score 20 points per game and accomplish it in a lot of different ways. He is a career 38.0 percent 3-point shooter that can post up, attack off the dribble, and be Luka’s pick-and-roll partner. Wood’s presence on the floor will create open looks and raises the team’s offensive ceiling.

Fans saw during their lone preseason game together that team’s offense can be special. Luka’s gravity makes it easier for C-Wood to feast, and the 27-year-old forward can and will take advantage. With time, the duo could be one of the deadliest pick-and-roll combinations in the league.

Christian Wood adds new dimensions to the Mavericks' offense, but the team is not going to try to win shootouts under head coach Jason Kidd. That means C-Wood needs to improve his defense for his offensive talent to shine.