5 big concerns for Dallas Mavericks come playoff time

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, Maxi Kleber
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4. Lack of secondary playmaking should concern Dallas Mavericks in playoffs

The Mavs have two of the best ball handlers and playmakers in the world on their roster, but things get worrisome quickly beyond that. Luka Doncic remains the unquestioned number-one option after the blockbuster trade with Kyrie Irving filling in as the number two.

The duo has split the duties since the deal, and Irving has done well leading the second unit, but things will get more difficult in the playoffs. Defenses will stiffen, and the opposition will scheme to take away the Mavericks' best options.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is third on the team with 1.8 assists per game. Josh Green is the third ball-handler by name, but he averages just 1.6 assists each night. The 22-year-old can attack a closeout and bring the ball up the floor, but he is not actively creating for others.

The Mavs are going to rely on their offense to win games after the trade, but will they be able to put up monster numbers with just one of their two superstars on the floor in the postseason? Head coach Jason Kidd would like to get Luka and Kyrie some rest during playoff games, but that may not be possible if Dallas wants to win. Teams will sell out to stop the star on the floor, and the Mavericks may not have an answer.

The Dallas Mavericks had the chance to add a third point guard via the buyout market, but they wanted wing depth. Will the Mavs regret that decision in the playoffs? Either way, it is not the team’s biggest issue.