Why the Dallas Mavericks will win first playoff series since 2011: 4. Improved playmaking
Luka Doncic put up unbelievable numbers in the 2021 postseason, but they were also a product of necessity. The Mavericks had no other playmaker to ease the burden against the Clippers. Much was made of Kristaps Porzingis standing in the corner, but Dallas did not have a player on their roster that could consistently create shots against LA's stout defense outside of Luka.
Head coach Jason Kidd came in this season and inserted Jalen Brunson into the starting five to give the Mavericks a playmaking boost next to their superstar. It allows Doncic to take some plays off. He does not have to bring the ball up the floor every time and initiate every set.
The Mavs traded Kristaps Porzingis for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertans to gain more flexibility, but the key for this season was adding another ball-handler and playmaker. Fans have seen Dinwiddie take off since coming to Dallas, and he has quickly become a key to the team’s playoff success.
The Dallas Mavericks will have a more diversified attack this year. Doncic, Dinwiddie, and Brunson can all create easy buckets and score. Fans have seen the offense improve since Dinwiddie arrived, and things will only get better from here.