Do the Dallas Mavericks have enough playmaking on their roster?
The Mavs had their most success with two playmakers on the floor last season. It is why they moved Brunson into the starting lineup, and traded Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie at the deadline. Dallas rode their dual playmaking lineups to the conference finals, but what does the team do with JB in the Big Apple?
Luka Doncic had the second-highest usage rate in the NBA last season, and he will continue to dominate the ball. The 23-year-old is arguably the world’s best shot creator, so it makes sense for the Mavericks to want him running the offense. Dinwiddie will provide an outlet and secondary creator that can step into the lead role whenever Luka is off the floor.
Behind those two, the Mavericks have no player that should be trusted as a primary creator. Christian Wood and Tim Hardaway Jr. can create shots for themselves. Jaden Hardy is a few years away from being an NBA creator, which leaves just Frank Ntilikina to fill the role. He was drafted as a point guard, but the 24-year-old did his best work as a defensive specialist last season as he continued to improve his jumper.
The Mavs do not have enough playmaking, and it will be interesting to see if Nico Harrison trades for another creator before the deadline.