Dallas Mavericks takeaway from Tyler Dorsey in EuroBasket 2022: 3. Off the dribble game
It is no secret that the Mavs need another ball-handler and playmaker after the departure of Jalen Brunson in free agency. The front office has not found a replacement, and they will be relying on Tim Hardaway Jr. and Frank Ntilikina to handle their tertiary playmaking this season.
Dorsey is not a playmaker, but he does have some juice off the dribble. He ran several pick and rolls with Giannis Antetokounmpo in EuroBasket with most of them resulting in Dorsey firing an open shot. Fans can see some of his skills off the dribble from Greece’s win over Croatia on Sept. 2.
The 6’5 wing is not just a catch-and-shoot option. He can get to the rim and create an open look for himself with the ball in his hands.
The Mavericks are short on players that can handle the ball. Luka Doncic will dominate the playmaking duties, but Spencer Dinwiddie and Tim Hardaway Jr. are the only other shot-creating options on the roster. Frank Ntilikina was drafted as a point guard, but he was best as a 3-and-D wing last season. Having another floor spacer that can create for himself would be a plus for head coach Jason Kidd and the Mavs during the 2022-23 season.