Why are the Dallas Mavericks struggling to hit shots?
The Mavs shot 36.2 percent from 3-point range last season, which ranked 18th in the league, and their personnel is arguably better this season. They replaced Josh Richardson, who shot 33.0 percent, with Reggie Bullock, and Dallas also added Sterling Brown to their mix.
Some factors have changed in the equation that could be negatively impacting 3-point shooting league-wide. The NBA cracked down on fouls involving unnatural moves, which has free throws down. The more physical game coupled with longer stretches without whistles could be hurting shooting league-wide. They also switched ball manufactures, have fans back in the arenas, and had a second consecutive short offseason, which could all play a role in a team’s outside shooting.
For the Mavericks, Luka Doncic and company are creating a ton of open shots. They are eighth in the league with 19.1 wide-open 3-pointers per game, and Dallas is hitting them at 37.2 percent. Their percentage is slightly up from last season’s 37.0.
It is the open shots as classified by NBA Stats that are killing Dallas. They create 16.8, which is up from 16.5 last year, but the percentage has dropped from 36.9 to 27.2. The Mavs currently take the third-most and have the 25th best percentage.
The Dallas Mavericks will hit open shots as the season progresses, but how much should fans expect them to improve?