5 positives Dallas Mavericks need to carry into playoffs

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Reggie Bullock
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Positive Dallas Mavericks must carry into playoffs: 4. Bullock’s shooting

Reggie Bullock was the team’s key offseason acquisition last summer. They signed the 6’6 wing with their mid-level exception to give them another strong perimeter defender and shot-maker to play off of superstar Luka Doncic.

Bullock has made 38.5 percent of his career 3-point attempts, but he got off to a slow start this season. After his first 27 games, he was shooting just 27.4 percent from downtown before missing six games in the health and safety protocols.

The NBA changed the ball this season, which could have played a factor in shooting struggles early on. The 31-year-old was also adjusting to a new team with a new coach, but he found his form in the second half of the campaign.

Since returning on Dec. 31, Bullock has shot 39.8 percent from 3-point range on 6.9 attempts per game. His quick release and lights-out shooting from the corners will be massive in the playoffs.

The Dallas Mavericks need Bullock to knock down open looks and play stout defense. His D has not wavered this season. His 3-point shooting improved as the season progressed, and the Mavs need him making shots in the playoffs if they want to go on a deep postseason run.