Ranking the Dallas Mavericks' wing options for 2023-24 season

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3. Tim Hardaway Jr.

Before the season started, the Dallas Mavericks had yet to announce a starter at the small forward position. Some possible starters included Josh Green, Derrick Jones Jr., and Olivier-Maxence Prosper. But, what about Tim Hardaway Jr?

The Mavs' sixth man is averaging more points than the other three options. He is a lethal 3-point shooter and a solid veteran. He is averaging 18 points per game and shooting 35.5 percent from the field. He is the team's third-leading scorer.

So, why not start him?

The problem is his inconsistency and defense.

Before Hardaway Jr. was traded to Dallas, he averaged 19.1 points per game. Since then, he has averaged no higher than 16.6 points per game. However, over the past two seasons, he has scoring averages of 14.2 and 14.4 points per game. The problem is he has yet to showcase the numbers he had in New York.

Another problem is his defense. He struggles in man-on-man situations and fails to follow through with his assignment. In the Brooklyn game, Hardaway Jr. gave up a wide-open three late in the game due to him not picking up a man.

The Mavs guard is a great scoring option who works well alongside Luka Doncic. However, his inconsistent shooting and poor defense can be a headache for Dallas fans.