Worrying Dallas Mavericks trend to watch: 4. Free throws
Doncic has solved the Mavs outside shooting woes by attacking the basket. That coupled with the addition of Christian Wood has helped the team go from 22nd in free throws attempted with just 21.2 per game to second with 26.8 a night. Doncic is averaging a career-high 11.6 each game alone.
The Mavericks are getting to line plenty, but they are struggling to convert them. They are making just 74.1 percent, which ranks 27th in the league after 12 games.
This issue is not going away anytime soon. The Mavs have just two players taking over three free throws per game, and both are already shooting above their career averages. Doncic has made 74.8 percent of his league-leading 139 attempts, which is a full percent better than his career mark of 73.8. C-Wood is making 68.2 percent this season but is a career 66.9 percent shooter from the foul line.
Fans should expect the team’s poor free-throw shooting to cost them a few games. The Mavs have a few marksmen, but they are all catch-and-shoot players, who rarely get fouled. Doncic and Wood will do most of the heavy lifting from the foul line, and both players have struggled to make them in their NBA careers.