Why Dallas Mavericks have limited Jaden Hardy’s minutes: 1. Decision-making
Shot selection and decision-making with the ball were problems during Hardy’s lone season with the G League Ignite. Those are the primary reasons that he slipped into the second round in the 2022 NBA Draft. Shooting under 40 percent and having a nearly one-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio makes NBA teams second-guess a player’s decision-making ability.
Hardy has improved his shot selection but struggles with his playmaking. Through ten games with the Texas Legends in the G League, Hardy is averaging 3.5 assists and 4.0 turnovers per game. Yes, he is scoring 30.0 points per game, while shooting 55.4 percent from the field, but his negative assist-to-turnover ratio likely means plenty of mistakes at the NBA level.
Fans have been clamoring for the Dallas Mavericks to give Jaden Hardy more playing time, and that opportunity is coming, but he is not ready quite yet. Kemba Walker gives the Mavs a better chance to win games than Hardy right now.
That is frustrating for supporters because they are looking for more fun and excitement on the roster right now, but Dallas wants to win games, get back to the playoffs, and make another run. They must win to keep Luka Doncic happy, and playing Hardy does not help them get victories right now.
Fans should be watching Jaden Hardy closely whenever he steps on the court. His time is coming, and the talented rookie is a piece of the Dallas Mavericks' future. He needs to keep improving and make the most of every opportunity. Stay tuned to see how Hardy develops this season and beyond.