Will the Dallas Mavericks regret not signing Dennis Schroder?
The Mavs need another ball-handler. They had their most success with two ball-handlers on the floor last season. Jalen Brunson earned a place in the starting lineup and became the team’s second-leading scorer. Dallas traded for Spencer Dinwiddie at the deadline to give them a third playmaker, and the trio helped the Mavericks reach the conference finals.
With Brunson in New York, Dallas has just two ball-handlers on their roster. Spencer Dinwiddie is penciled in as the starter next to Doncic in the backcourt, but Frank Ntilikina or Josh Green will have to handle that third role. That is asking too much of either player.
Dennis Schroder was not the perfect fit. He is a score-first guard that is a below-average 3-point shooter and defender. The Mavericks made a massive defensive improvement under head coach Jason Kidd, and they need someone capable of spacing the floor to be able to thrive playing next to Luka Doncic.
Schroder has made the playoffs in seven of his nine NBA seasons. He is a winning player, but one that wants to be the lead ball-handler on the team. That spot is not available in Dallas.
The Dallas Mavericks will have plenty of chances to add another ball-handler before the trade deadline. Will they do it? It is a storyline to follow as the season progresses.