Dallas Mavericks 2023 New Year’s Resolution: 2. Get easy buckets
The Mavs have lived and died with their outside shooting this season. Luka Doncic creates nearly every shot by driving into the paint and looking for an open shooter. It allows Dallas to get tons of open shots, but 3-point variance can make for some wild results.
The Mavericks take the fewest shots per game inside five feet in the league at 24.2. The Lakers lead the league with 36 a night. If you sort by zone, Dallas takes the third-fewest in the restricted area and the third-most 3-pointers. Remember, the Mavs play at the league’s slowest pace too.
Luka Doncic is the best half-court creator in the league, but his team gets the fewest transition points and rarely scores at the basket. Just getting a few extra easy points each night would help the Mavericks win.
They do not need to turn into the Warriors or the seven seconds or less Suns but having one more player that can attack the basket or create two more transition chances each night could make a massive difference. Luka loves to play at his own pace, but could he speed things up just a few times each night with a kick-ahead pass? It is something to watch moving forward.