8. Grant Williams' high 3-point percentage
The player who is perhaps most responsible for Dallas' scorching start from 3-point land is no other than former Celtic Grant Williams. Dallas landed him in a sign and trade this summer, and they should be glad they did.
Williams is shooting an incredible 51.9 percent from behind the arc. And he's doing so on 5.8 attempts per game.
The Dallas forward is knocking down 3.0 3-pointers per game. Tied for eleventh in the NBA. Out of the top 15 players in 3-pointers made per game, Williams' 3-point percentage is 5 percent higher than the next most accurate marksman.
Williams is a bonafide sniper this season. And it's certainly an interesting development. Before the 2023-24 season, Williams had never made more than 1.5 threes per game. Throughout his first two seasons, he only made 72 3-pointers. A number he'll likely surpass this season by mid-December.
While playing for the Celtics, he was a relatively low-usage, defensive-minded player. Now, as a part of the Mavericks, Williams has morphed into a high-volume, knockdown 3-point marksman.
73 percent of Williams' looks have come from beyond the arc and he's making the most of them. The addition of Williams to the Dallas lineup has paid off in more ways than one. Besides his stout defense, he's now a potential 3-point contest participant.
And while Williams has acknowledged that shooting above 50 percent from downtown is impressive, he's aiming for more. He has been massive for Dallas, and his contributions on both ends shouldn't be undervalued.