Dallas Mavericks: How much will their shooting improve?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks have won six of their first nine games to start the 2021-2022 season, but there are still plenty of reasons for fans to be alarmed. Superstar Luka Doncic has seen his stats drop across the board, and the team sits 23rd in offensive rating with a defense that ranks 18th. The Mavs struggled on the defensive end last season, but why is their offense so down?

Longtime head coach Rick Carlisle left the organization during the summer, and he was replaced by Jason Kidd. The Hall of Fame point guard brought in a brand new staff and changed the team’s offense. They are no longer running a five-out system, and players have more freedom under Kidd.

The Mavs are still taking a high volume of 3-pointers in the early going. They sit sixth in the league with over 40 attempts per game, but Dallas is hitting them at just 30.9 percent, which ranks 27th. Their shooting woes are a massive reason why their offense is struggling, but will it get better?

Will the Dallas Mavericks shooting improve?

The Mavs shooting is going to improve. There is no way Luka Doncic finishes the season connecting on just 28.8 percent from 3-point range, and he is far from the only one. Dorian Finney-Smith and Kristaps Porzingis are shooting under 25.0 percent so far with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Reggie Bullock not being able to top 35 percent. Dallas has too much talent to shoot just 30.9 percent for the entire season.

Here is a look at what is causing the Dallas Mavericks to struggle before diving into how much their shooting will improve and what it means for the team’s offense overall.