Internal way Dallas Mavericks can improve this offseason: 4. Ntilikina’s jumper
The Mavs are searching for 3-and-D wings after Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock were asked to play over 38 minutes per game and both traveled over 49.5 miles during the Mavericks 18 playoff games. The duo started to run out of gas in the conference finals after carrying such a heavy burden in the first two rounds.
Ntilikina was drafted eighth overall in 2017 by the Knicks and billed as a point guard. The French Prince does not have the ball-handling or playmaking ability to fill that role, but the 23-year-old could become an impactful 3-and-D wing in his prime.
The 6’4 guard is known for his stout perimeter defense, but his offensive game is a work in progress. Ntilikina made 34.2 percent of his 111 3-point attempts in his first season with the Mavericks, which is a significant improvement over his 32.8 percent in his four seasons in New York.
The Mavs have helped Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, and others vastly improve their jumpers. Could Frank Ntilikina be next on that list? The French Prince turning into an above-league 3-point shooter makes him an unquestioned rotation player with plenty of room to grow as he reaches his prime.