Grading the Dallas Mavericks 2021 offseason: Add Sterling Brown
The Mavs targeted Sterling Brown this offseason. Rumors came out days before talks were allowed that Dallas was the front-runner to sign the 6’5 wing, and they got the deal done on the opening night of free agency. The 26-year-old will be reunited with head coach Jason Kidd as both were with the Bucks during Brown’s rookie season.
The four-year NBA veteran shot 42.3 percent from 3-point range last season. Bobby Karalla noted that the Mavericks went undefeated in the 33 games where they shot a better percentage from beyond the arc than their opponent. Brown has all the makings of an elite shooter that will help space the floor for the Mavs this season.
The biggest question mark is what can Sterling Brown give the Mavericks in the playoffs? The Bucks made it in each of his first three seasons, but he was only in the rotation in 2019. Brown played key minutes in the Bucks' first six postseason games before seeing fewer than ten minutes in the remaining nine. Does he crack the Mavs rotation in the playoffs?
Signing Sterling Brown was a solid move that fills a need for the Dallas Mavericks. They want to put shooting around Luka Doncic, and Brown did that at an elite clip last season for the rebuilding Rockets. The playoff question mark bumps the grade down to a B, but Brown is an upgrade on the wing that Dallas needed.