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Dallas Mavericks: 5 biggest issues after first 12 games

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks biggest issue after first 12 games: 3. 3-point shooting

The Mavs added Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown this offseason to improve their floor spacing and perimeter defense. Well, they are taking the sixth most threes in the NBA, but Dallas is connecting at 32.8 percent, which ranks 24th. Going 18 of 45 in their last game against the Spurs significantly boosted their percentage too.

The struggle comes on open shots as classified by NBA Stats, which means when the closest defender is four to six feet away. Dallas is taking the fifth-most open threes per game at 16.6, but connecting to just 27.1 percent of them. They are 27th in percentage after finishing ninth last season by shooting 36.9 percent.

The Dallas Mavericks are getting quality looks, but they are not falling to begin the year. Their struggles have emboldened teams to pack the paint and sell out defending Luka Doncic, especially when coach Kidd is playing multiple non-shooters in the same lineup.

Shooting across the league is down with a host of factors, including rule changes, a new ball manufacture, and crowds being back in arenas playing a role in the struggles.

The Mavs will hit more shots. There is no way Reggie Bullock, Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Sterling Brown will all shoot below 33 percent for the season. Expect the shots to start falling soon.

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