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Dallas Mavericks: 5 biggest issues after first 12 games

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Dallas Mavericks biggest issue after first 12 games: 1. Lack of shot creation

Jalen Brunson has been phenomenal to start the 2021-2022 season. He is producing 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.6 assists in 28.6 minutes per game on 49.3 percent shooting from the field. The fourth-year guard has been the Mavs' second-best player in the early going, but it is still clear that the team needs more players that can create shots.

Luka Doncic is one of the best in the NBA in this area with Brunson stepping up nicely as the number two, but examine the four games they lost closely. The Bulls have Zach LaVine, DeMar DeRozan, Lonzo Ball, and Nikola Vucevic with the ability to create shots for themselves and others. Miami has Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Bam Adebayo, and Tyler Herro and the lists go on. Compare that to the Mavericks, who have Luka, JB, and Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Mavs need to add someone that can handle the ball and make plays if they want to go on a deep playoff run. Brunson’s size will make things more difficult in the postseason, but Dallas needs multiple players on the floor at all times that can create a shot. Without it, another first-round playoff exit is on the horizon.

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Can the Dallas Mavericks fix these issues before the end of the regular season in April? Stay tuned to find out.