What the Dallas Mavericks must figure out after the 2023 trade deadline

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What Dallas Mavericks must figure out during the stretch run: 3. More playmakers?

Luka Doncic has always been a high-usage player, but it has reached a new level this season after the departure of Jalen Brunson. Dallas started the season with just two playmakers on their roster after falling to replace JB. Doncic took on the extra workload, but he was playing at an unsustainable rate.

The Mavs traded for Kyrie Irving, but they sent Dinwiddie to Brooklyn in the deal. Dallas still only has two playmakers on their roster, but the eight-time All-Star will have a higher usage than Dinwiddie. This season, Dinwiddie’s sat at 22.0 on the Mavericks, and Irving was at 29.4 in Brooklyn. Kyrie will take some of the burden off Luka, but it is fair to question if Dallas has enough either way.

Josh Green will be asked to do a bit more down the stretch, but should he be trusted? Can the Mavericks find some help on the buyout market? Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson, and John Wall are expected to highlight the list of potential options, but are any of those options impactful enough to crack the Mavs playoff rotation?

Can the Dallas Mavericks make a deep postseason run with just two ball handlers on their roster? Will Josh Green make a big enough leap to fill that third role? It is something worth monitoring.