Dallas Mavericks 2023 New Year’s Resolution: 3. Add a 3rd playmaker
The Mavs reached the conference finals last season with two playmakers on the floor at nearly all times after they traded for Spencer Dinwiddie. Jalen Brunson started next to Luka Doncic in the backcourt with Dinwiddie allowing coach Kidd to stagger their minutes so two of the three could be out there.
Dallas has only had two ball-handlers on their roster since JB’s departure in free agency. The Mavericks’ front office traded for Christian Wood and signed JaVale McGee to improve their talent, but neither can handle the ball or make plays. That leaves Doncic and Dinwiddie to handle all the playmaking duties. Kidd is forced to stagger their minutes, so the Mavs can only play short stretches with both on the floor.
The Mavericks need to acquire a third playmaker before the trade deadline. Kemba Walker showed flashes like he could fill that role, but after just a few games, his knee issues popped back up. The veteran is a fantastic emergency option, but he cannot be part of the nightly rotation at this stage in his career.
Will the Mavs front office trade for another playmaker? Can they buy low or does Dallas spend a first-round pick to fill the need? The Mavericks need another ball-handler and acquiring one likely does not come cheap.