Thing Dallas Mavericks must improve to get back on track: 1. Non-Luka offense
Luka Doncic has done it all for the Mavs in their first 18 games. When they rested him, Dallas lost to the rebuilding Rockets at the American Airlines Center. The 23-year-old leads the NBA in scoring and time of possession. He has to be otherworldly for the Mavericks to win right now.
The Mavs non-Luka starting five averages just 37.1 points per game, and 16.8 of those come from Spencer Dinwiddie. Three of the team’s five starters combined to average just 20.3 points each night.
To make matters worse, Dallas only has two ball-handlers and playmakers on their roster, so head coach Jason Kidd is forced to stagger the minutes of Doncic and Dinwiddie. With only one of them on the floor, the offense can quickly grind to a halt as the opposition doubles and traps to force the lone playmaker to give it up.
The Mavericks miss Jalen Brunson dearly, and no player is stepping up to fill that role. They need to acquire additional talent via trade, if they want to solve their offensive woes. Luka Doncic needs more help, but will the front office give it to him?
The Dallas Mavericks are 11th in the Western Conference on the morning of Nov. 27, but they are only 3.5 games out of first and just 1.5 back of third. The standings are bunched, and they are not the only contender struggling as we approach the quarter pole. Will the Mavs clean up their issues and get back on track? Stay tuned to find out.