Biggest focus points for Dallas Mavericks in training camp: 3. Shooting
The Mavs had the top offensive rating in the NBA in 2020 by a significant margin on the back of spacing the floor and letting Luka Doncic attack the rim. Dallas shot 41.3 3-pointers per game, which ranked second in the league and connected on them at 36.7 percent or the tenth highest percentage. Those numbers both dropped significantly a season ago after Seth Curry was traded to Philadelphia. Dallas took just 38.1 threes each night and slipped to 18th in 3-point percentage.
The Mavericks looked to remedy that problem in free agency by re-signing Tim Hardaway Jr. and adding Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown. Both newcomers shot over 41 percent from 3-point range last season and should fit seamlessly into the Mavs rotation.
Dallas has six players on their roster that shot over 39 percent from 3-point range last year, and that makes no mention of Luka or Kristaps Porzingis. The Mavericks certainly have the talent but expect shooting to be a focus during camp. Coach Kidd wants to get Dallas playing faster and moving without the ball, which should create more open looks.
Shooting alone will not help the Dallas Mavericks climb in the standings, though.