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Dallas Mavericks: A casual fan's guide to the 2021-22 season

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Dallas Mavericks, Jalen Brunson
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Who is the Dallas Mavericks the secondary ball handler?

One area the Mavs failed to address this offseason was the role of a secondary ball-handler to ease the burden on Luka Doncic. The organization made Kyle Lowry their top target in free agency, but Dallas failed to land the six-time All-Star and did not grab another creator.

Doncic's usage of 36 percent was the highest in the regular season, and it jumped to 40.4 percent in the playoffs last year, and the Mavs would be wise to lower that number this season to preserve his health over what the team hopes will be a sustained playoff run.

Jalen Brunson is a solid backup point guard who averaged 12.6 points and 3.5 assists last season while finishing fourth in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. However, the 6'1 guard’s size proved to be a detriment in the Mavs’ first-round loss to the LA Clippers, and his minutes dropped from 25.0 in the regular season to 16.3 in the postseason.

Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr. are worthy shot creators for the regular season, but the Dallas Mavericks must find a permanent answer for the postseason if they do not want a repeat of the last two seasons' first-round losses.