The Dallas Mavericks have started the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
All-Star Luka Doncic has been a magician during Dallas' winning streak. He stole the show Monday as he recorded his second triple-double. He went 50 percent from the three-point line and recorded 12 assists.
Doncic is averaging 39 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, and 9.7 assists during the team's winning streak. On Friday, Luka hit a 25-foot bank shot to give Dallas the lead with 26.1 seconds remaining.
Mavericks' best move of the 2023 offseason is clear after 3 games
One crucial part of the Mavs' success is their 3-point shooting. Currently, the team has the fifth-highest 3-point percentage in the league. One player who can be attributed to their shooting improvement is Grant Williams.
He has knocked down 45 percent of his attempted 3-pointers.
Against the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies, he went 50 percent from behind the arc. Williams is also shooting 48 percent from the field. Last season, he made less than 40 percent of his attempted threes and is showing clear improvement this season.
Dallas acquired Williams in a three-team trade that sent Reggie Bullock to the San Antonio Spurs and three second-round picks to the Boston Celtics (from San Antonio). Dallas also obtained two second-round selections from the Spurs and sent them a 2030 first-round pick swap.
As part of the sign and trade, Williams signed a four-year $53 million deal. He was brought in to provide size and tough defense.
Defensively, Williams has been a driving force for the Mavericks. He can guard anyone from the point guard to the center position. The Mavs forward is the type of player who is not afraid to put his body in front of the opponent and play with physicality.
In the video above, you can see his defensive awareness. During the play, he read Marcus Smart's pass attempt and blocked an alley-oop attempt.
Mavs head coach Jason Kidd spoke about William's impact before the season started. He highlighted his vocal presence and leadership.
Luka also chimed in on the Dallas newcomer. Communication seemed to be the difference maker.
"I think the best improvement is having Grant on the team .... he can guard one through five, anybody, so he's our leader on defense, and we follow him on defense. "- Luka Doncic
Doncic's praise for Williams speaks volume about the type of impact he's had.
It's safe to say he is the team's best offseason move. His ability to shoot the ball and guard multiple positions best describes his impact as a two-way player. He has been reliable from downtown, and he is the best defender on the team.
So, just how high is Williams' ceiling? How much of a difference will he make for the Mavericks?
We'll have you covered with all the latest news on the Dallas Mavericks and Grant Williams this season, so stay tuned.