5 worrying trends to watch for the Dallas Mavericks

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Worrying Dallas Mavericks trend to watch: 2. Rebounding

The Mavs reached the conference finals last season on the back of their defense. They held the Jazz to 100 or fewer points in four of their six games in the first round of the playoffs before limiting the Suns to their three worst scoring performances of the season to pull the upset in the conference semifinals.

Dallas did that by going small and playing five out. It had its advantages, but the Mavericks struggled to rebound and protect the rim in the postseason, which is why they added JaVale McGee and Christian Wood this offseason. The two big men were expected to fill their holes and give them a more well-rounded team in the playoffs.

After 12 games, the Mavericks are 29th in rebounding and grabbing just 39.3 per game. Dallas plays at a slow pace, but they are 27th in rebound percentage at 48.4. McGee began the season in the starting lineup, but his struggles got so bad that he has been relegated to the fringes of the rotation, and Wood’s rebounding is down as he has played primarily next to another big man in Mavs rotation.

The Mavs are going to struggle to rebound the ball this season. Luka Doncic and Christian Wood could each pull down a few more per game, but Dallas is not going to be near the top of the league either way. They cannot let their rebounding woes hurt them in important moments.