Thing Dallas Mavericks need to fix after 1-2 start: 1. Rim protection
The Mavs struggled to rebound and protect the rim in last year’s playoffs, despite reaching the conference finals. It is why the front office added JaVale McGee and Christian Wood this offseason. Dallas wanted to fortify their big-man rotation, but so far they are still struggling to protect the rim.
The Mavs have allowed just 26.3 attempts inside of five feet, which is the sixth-fewest in the NBA, but the opposition is shooting 74.7 percent on those attempts. Dallas is the worst at protecting inside five feet by percentage, and the opposition is shooting 74.7 percent in the restricted area as well.
McGee is starting, but nobody expected him to play a massive role. He is averaging just 13.0 minutes per game, but the seven-footer has struggled to protect the cup. McGee is the Mavericks' lone rim protector this season, and he needs to be better moving forward.
The Dallas Mavericks are 1-2, but they are still a feared team. Nobody wants to face Luka Doncic in the playoffs, and head coach Jason Kidd’s commitment to defense takes his team to another level. Will they go on another deep playoff run? Stay tuned to see if they can fix their early season issues and make it a reality.