Dallas Mavericks biggest issue after first 12 games: 4. Shot selection
New head coach Jason Kidd has talked about the Mavs playing inside out and not relying on shooting 3-pointers, but that has not been the case in the early going. Dallas is taking 39.6 threes per game, which is up from 38.1 last season, and attempting just 20.3 field goals from inside the restricted area to rank 29th in the NBA.
Their shot selection has partially led to being blown out four times in the first 12 games. The Mavericks are sixth in 3-pointers attempted and eighth in mid-range shots per game. They rely heavily on jumpers, and it is difficult to get points on nights when they are not falling.
Dallas is 11th in free throws attempts per game, but they are shooting just 71.5 percent from the foul line to rank 28th in the NBA. The Mavs need to start connecting from the charity stripe.
It will be interesting to see how their shot selection evolves throughout the season. The Dallas Mavericks are playing at a slow pace and relying heavily on jumpers because teams are packing the paint to stop Luka Doncic. Another issue is making that strategy more viable for the opposition, and it is something the Mavs have to improve.