Glaring hole in Dallas Mavericks roster heading into offseason: 3. Wing
The Mavs could not afford to take Dorian Finney-Smith or Reggie Bullock off the court in the playoffs because they did not have another trusted option on the wing. Bullock played more than 39 minutes a night over the 18 games with Doe-Doe clocking in over 38. The duo was charged with guarding the opposition’s two best scorers and each ran over 49.5 miles this postseason.
Dallas needs another trusted option on the wing that allows those two to rest. They would love to add one with a versatile skill set. Frank Ntilikina and Josh Green were parts of the rotation for stretches, but both struggled on the offensive end of the floor. Green showed flashes this season, but the Mavericks should explore the second-year wings trade market if he is not ready to contribute.
Tim Hardaway Jr. missed the entire postseason as he recovered from midseason foot surgery. The 6’5 guard mentioned he was about one month away from full clearance during the team’s exit interviews. THJ would have provided some scoring punch and given Dallas some quality minutes on the wing had he been healthy.
The front office should still look to upgrade here. If the Mavericks want to play small and space the floor for Luka Doncic, they need versatile wings that can defend on the perimeter. If Finney-Smith or Bullock had to miss time in the playoffs, Dallas would have struggled on defense. They need other options here to make another deep run.