Why Kemba Walker doesn’t need to be Dallas Mavericks savior: 2. Underperformance
Luka Doncic has been outstanding, and Spencer Dinwiddie has stepped nicely into the Jalen Brunson role from last season, but the rest of the roster is underperforming outside of Josh Green.
Christian Wood needs more minutes and shot attempts. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Reggie Bullock cannot throw the ball in the ocean right now. Dorian Finney-Smith is struggling to hit open jumpers. Maxi Kleber has made just 30.8 percent from 3-point range. JaVale McGee struggled so much that he slipped out of the rotation.
Having three players performing well and everybody else below the expected is a recipe for a struggling team. The Mavericks have a flawed roster, but they will play better. THJ and Bullock will not finish the season shooting under 30 percent from 3-point range. Doe-Doe and Maxi will rebound too. Eventually, Christian Wood will play more because Dallas does not have a better option.
Kemba Walker might make an impact or he could be on his way out of the NBA. It is an honest question after his recent injury struggles. Regardless, the rest of the roster will perform better. Even Luka Doncic is shooting just 30.7 percent from 3-point range. The 23-year-old will be closer to 35 percent at the end of the season even taking the most-difficult shot profile in the league.
The Dallas Mavericks will perform better. When? The night is always darkest just before dawn.