Weakness Dallas Mavericks still have after free agency: 2. Secondary playmaker
The Mavs have arguably the best offensive creator in the NBA in Luka Doncic, but their need for a secondary option was evident in the playoffs. Dallas outscored the Clippers by seven points in Luka’s 281 minutes on the floor, but LA held a 43-point edge in the 55 minutes when the Mavericks superstar was on the bench as Dallas's offensive rating dropped to 83.0.
Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown are both outstanding shooters, but neither is ball-handler or playmaker. The Mavs used Josh Richardson to bring the ball up the floor some last season, but he is now in Boston. Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr. are the only two offensive initiators on the team other than Doncic. It is arguably the team’s biggest hole heading into the 2021-2022 season.
The Dallas Mavericks believe they will land Goran Dragic at some point. They are hoping he is bought out by the Raptors, so the Mavs do not have to give up additional assets. Dragic would solve their playmaking problems and give them another capable creator to lead the second unit in the postseason.
If the Mavericks do not land Dragic, they will need to find a way to add another playmaker before the playoffs. Dallas cannot leave all the responsibilities on Luka’s shoulders when the games matter most.