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Dallas Mavericks: 3 players who are ready for an increased role

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Dallas Mavericks player ready for an increased role: 2. Sterling Brown

The Mavs agreed to a two-year $6 million deal with Sterling Brown on the opening night of free agency. He was rumored to be a target in the days leading into the event. Brown came off the bench for the Houston Rockets last season and shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range.

The Bucks brought the 46th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft for $1.9 million to draft Sterling Brown. His rookie season was the year Jason Kidd was fired after 45 games with Milwaukee just 23-22 and treading water in the standings. The pair are reunited in Dallas four years later.

Brown is a 6’5 wing that provides floor spacing and defense. How well he defends on the perimeter could determine his playing time this season. Last season, he ranked 164th in FiveThirtyEight's Defensive RAPTOR, but was playing on the rebuilding Rockets. Will Brown's numbers tick up with the Mavericks?

The 26-year-old is just entering his prime. He should be a fantastic shooter playing off Luka Doncic and could have a career year in Dallas.

Sterling Brown has never played more than 24.1 minutes per game for an entire season, but he could top that this year. The Dallas Mavericks are light on wings, especially ones that can shoot and defend like Brown.