Thing JaVale McGee brings to Dallas Mavericks: 2. Roll man
Luka Doncic ran the second-most pick and rolls in the NBA last season, but his points per possession dropped to 0.93, which was his lowest mark since his rookie campaign. He vaulted up to 1.12 in the postseason as he made his case for best player in the world by leading the Mavericks to the conference finals.
Dallas started Dwight Powell last season because of his pick and roll chops, but he was clearly the team’s weakest link. He struggled on the glass, did not space the floor, and does not protect the rim. The Mavericks needed to upgrade, so they added Christian Wood and JaVale McGee to cover the team’s minutes at the five.
McGee scored an incredible 1.4 points per possession as a roll man, which rated just outside the top ten percent in the NBA. Dwight Powell scored 1.42, which was third when factoring in 50-plus games played and at least 1.0 possession per game. McGee finished sixth.
JaVale McGee is a lob target and one of the best roll men in the league right now. The Dallas Mavericks have arguably the best pick and roll ball-handler, and they paired him with two elite roll men.