The Dallas Mavericks entered the offseason with high hopes and grand plans of landing the marquee free agent that pushes them into title contention. Kyle Lowry quickly became the team’s top target, but he decided to join the Miami Heat in a sign-and-trade. It forced the Mavs to move on to Plan B as they filled holes in their roster.
Dallas’s most important move was agreeing to a five-year supermax extension with Luka Doncic. They added Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown to provide shooting and defense around their superstar. The Mavs also traded for Moses Brown and re-signed Tim Hardaway Jr. and Boban Marjanovic. It was not the game-changing offseason the organization dreamed of, but they did improve their roster on the margins.
Fans may be wondering what each acquisition will bring to the team, so here is a prediction for all five players, including THJ and Boban because they technically reached free agent before returning to Dallas.
Prediction for Dallas Mavericks acquisition Tim Hardaway Jr.: Shoots over 40 percent from 3
Hardaway Jr. has knocked on the door of shooting 40 percent from 3-point range in each of the last two seasons, but he finally gets it done this year. Since joining the Mavs, THJ has drastically improved his shooting efficiency, including producing a career-high 56.0 effective field goal percentage last season.
New head coach Jason Kidd knows Hardaway Jr. is most effective playing off Luka Doncic, so he will pair that duo plenty this season. Kidd also emphasizes drive and kicks to present a plethora of open threes.
Tim Hardaway Jr. plays over 30 minutes per game this season and shoots north of 40 percent from 3-point range as his scoring and efficiency continue to improve in the first season of his new four-year contract.