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Dallas Mavericks: 5 weaknesses still remaining after free agency

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Weakness Dallas Mavericks still have after free agency: 5. Depth

The Clippers exploited the Mavs flaws in their first-round playoff series last season, including LA's ability to cycle through options until finding the right combination. Coach Rick Carlisle countered the Clippers’ small ball by playing Boban Marjanovic, but Dallas ran out of options as the series wore on. Just five players played more than ten minutes in Game 7 to underscore the Mavs' lack of trusted talent.

At best, the Mavericks added two rotation options this summer. Reggie Bullock played over 32 minutes per game for the Knicks in the 2020 postseason and frequently drew the assignment of guarding Trae Young. Sterling Brown earned a career-high 24.1 minutes per game last regular season for the Rockets, but he has never averaged more than 14.7 a night during his three playoff experiences. Counting on Brown for massive postseason playing time could be dangerous.

The Mavs added two pieces, but their depth is still questionable at best. What can Jalen Brunson, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and Willie Cauley-Stein offer in the playoffs? Are Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Bullock the only players Dallas can count on no matter the series? The Mavericks should be looking to improve their depth before the 2022 postseason arrives.

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