Should the Dallas Mavericks be worried about JaVale McGee’s slow start?
No, it is way too early to be worried about any player's slow start unless there is an injury holding them back. JaVale McGee is still learning the Mavs schemes and fitting in with the group. That will take some time, and fans should not panic after four subpar games.
The Mavericks' offense is the best in the league through the first four games, and they could easily be 4-0, despite losing two close contests. McGee’s screening and things that do not show up in the box score have contributed to their strong start on the offensive end of the floor. The seven-footer is known for his rebounding and rim protection, so fans should expect those aspects of his game to shine soon enough.
Keep expectations for McGee in check. He is going to be a ten to 20 minute per-game starter. The Mavs want to play Christian Wood and Maxi Kleber more minutes than McGee, but head coach Jason Kidd likes to start big with plenty of defense on the floor. The seven-footer will thrive in his role as soon as he gets settled.
The best is still yet to come from the 2022-23 Dallas Mavericks. Luka Doncic is off to a hot start, but the team is still figuring things out. Expect to see coach Kidd experimenting with lineups and rotations as they gear up for the playoffs. JaVale McGee will be better, and the team is far from a finished product, so stay tuned.