Dallas Mavericks biggest question heading into 2022 offseason: 3. Can they add another wing?
Head coach Jason Kidd led the Mavs to the Western Conference by making smart adjustments, but he only had six players that played more than 25 minutes per game in the playoffs. Dwight Powell started, but his minutes he reduced as the playoffs went on. Davis Bertans, Frank Ntilikina, and Josh Green received opportunities but never played extended minutes.
The Mavs' most glaring weakness was on the wing as Dorian Finney-Smith and Reggie Bullock each averaged over 38 minutes per game in the postseason. Both players traveled over 44 miles in the postseason, and they lead the league by a wide margin when the Mavericks were eliminated.
Dallas missed Tim Hardaway Jr., who was sidelined after having midseason foot surgery. The 30-year-old wing is expected to make a full recovery for training camp and is under contract for three more years. THJ struggled to find his jumper in Kidd’s system when healthy, and it will be interesting to see if the Mavericks explore his trade market this summer.
The Dallas Mavericks need another wing capable of hitting shots and defending on the perimeter in the playoffs. Will Hardaway Jr. be the answer or does the front office search for a more defensive-minded option this summer?