4 Areas the Dallas Mavericks will need to improve upon after All-Star break

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2. Diversification of Mavs' offense

Perhaps the most glaring flaw in the Mavericks' offense since the genesis of the Luka Doncic era is the Mavericks lack of ability to diverisfy their offense. Dallas is currently averaging the second-most three-point attempts in the NBA this year at 40.3 attempts per game, yet they only wield the tenth best three-point shooting percentage as a team at 37.3 percent.

Is Dallas' trend in being one of the highest three-point taking teams in the last few seasons a product of the heliocentric offense surrounding Luka Doncic? It very well could be given how opposing defenses are increasing the amount of traps and double-teams on Doncic nearly every season, as Dallas is often forced to work the 4-on-3 which typically results in one of their wings needing to take a three-pointer or make a play.

Dallas has been increasing their off-ball movement in these scenarios as of late, and the addition of Kyrie Irving last year has definitely dwindled the Mavs' over-reliance on Doncic as their only source of offensive creation. The Mavericks need to continue to push role players like P.J. Washington, Josh Green, and Dante Exum to create offense off the catch and be active screeners/cutters as well.

A case study of where Dallas excelled in this department was against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Washigton and Gafford's first game in Dallas. The Mavericks finished with converting an impressive 15-39 three-point field goals, but more importantly the Mavericks had 66 points in the paint.

The more guard-screen actions the Mavericks run and the more off-ball movement they get, the more their offense will be less reliant on three-pointers like in the Oklahoma City game. Based on their personnel Dallas is bound to shoot a decent amount of shots from beyond-the-arc, but if Jason Kidd instills more diverse offensive actions down the stretch of the season for the Mavericks, then they'll be much less easier to beat come playoff time.