Dallas Mavericks best lineups for closing games: 5. Clutch free throws
Teams looking to come from behind are going to foul to extend the game. No player took more than Josh Richardson’s nine free throws in the final minute of a clutch game last season, but he was traded to Boston. Here are the Mavs current best five when looking to clinch the game at the line.
PG: Luka Doncic
SG: Tim Hardaway Jr.
SF: Reggie Bullock
PF: Maxi Kleber
C: Kristaps Porzingis
New acquisition Reggie Bullock has the best career free throw percentage on the team at 84.4 percent, and he shot over 90 percent last season. He is likely to be one the Mavs try to get the ball to in these situations.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Maxi Kleber are both over 81 percent career foul shooters that should have no issues knocking them down late in games. Kristaps Porzingis is a career 80.9 percent and is often the Maverick that takes the technical free throws. Coach Jason Kidd will keep Luka on the floor because of his next level basketball IQ and ability to inbound the ball.
The Dallas Mavericks should have no issues closing out games when it comes down to clutch free throws. All five players can knock them in at a high clip, even when the pressure is on.