Dallas Mavericks issue without Luka Doncic: 2. Rebounding
The Mavs rank 30th in rebounds per game and 28th in rebound percentage. They struggle on the glass with Doncic in the lineup, but things get worse when his 8.8 rebounds per game are on the bench. The Rockets outrebounded Dallas 56 to 38 on Wednesday night with six Houston players grabbing at least seven boards.
The Mavericks struggled to rebound in the playoffs, so they added Christian Wood and JaVale McGee to improve their frontline. McGee has struggled mightily, including going from starter to the fringes of the rotation already. Wood got eight rebounds on Wednesday night, and he and Dorian Finney-Smith accounted for 42 percent of the team’s total rebounds.
The Mavs need to emphasize rebounding. They are giving away extra possessions on the offensive glass and failing to pull down their own misses for second-chance shots. Luka cannot do it all, and rebounding should be an easy area to address for the Mavericks.
McGee and Maxi Kleber were both out with injuries, which forced the Mavericks to reach deep into their bench on Wednesday night. Still, Dallas has a rebounding issue that they should address before the deadline. If JaVale McGee cannot find his fit, the Mavs are going to struggle on the glass in the playoffs again unless they can find an addition.