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Dallas Mavericks: 5 takeaways from the first 5 games

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The Dallas Mavericks won three of their first five regular-season games under new head coach Jason Kidd. Expectations grew sky high after the team’s undefeated preseason but were quickly dropped back to earth after the Hawks dominated Dallas in their season opener. The Mavs then won three straight before falling to the Nuggets in Denver on the second night of a back-to-back.

It has been an uneven start for Dallas as they have been outscored by a total of 34 points on the year, despite having a winning record. They sit 29th in offensive rating and have been outscored by 59 points in Luka Doncic’s 169 minutes on the floor.

None of those numbers are likely to continue. Five games account for just over six percent of the season, which is still an extremely small sample. What can fans take away from the action thus far?

5 takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks first five games

Luka is only averaging 22.4 points per game, which would be his lowest since his rookie season, and no other Maverick has produced more than 12.8. It has been a slow start for the offense for several reasons, including learning to play in coach Kidd’s system that gives every player more freedom to attack.

Fans should not panic because the best is still yet to come for the Mavericks offense. Luka Doncic is a cheat code that will have them back in the top ten in short order. Dallas just needs time to get things sorted out.

Here are five things fans can take away from the Dallas Mavericks' first five games of the 2021-2022 season.