How well will the Dallas Mavericks shoot this season?
This is the million-dollar question for the Mavs right now. 45.9 percent of their field goal attempts are coming from 3-point range, so even fighting their way out of the bottom five is going to have a substantial impact.
Do the roster improvements outweigh the scheme changes and outside factors that are dragging shooting down? Both Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown shot over 40 percent from 3-point range last season, and fans know Luka Doncic is one of the best in the league at creating open shots.
Dallas finished 18th in the league in 3-point percentage last season, so far the numbers suggest the Mavericks should improve. They are creating more open shots than they did under Rick Carlisle, but they are not falling. The catch and shoot numbers tell a similar story. The Mavs are creating 0.8 more per game, but they are shooting 3.7 percent worse.
The players and the shots have improved meaning the Mavericks should climb in 3-point percentage. The other factors may keep the league-wide percentage down this season, but the Dallas Mavericks should rank in the top half of the league. Will that be enough to help the Mavs have an elite offense again?