Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks first 5 games: 4. Poor shooting
The Mavs struggled to hit shots in their first five games. They connected on a league-worst 39.6 percent from the field and have shot 31.0 percent from 3-point range, which sits 27th. It has been a rough start offensively for a team with arguably the best offensive creator in the league in Luka Doncic.
Dallas has generated 22.5 wide open shots per game as defined by NBA Stats, which sits eighth-most in the league, but the Mavs are shooting just 41.1 percent on those tries. Zooming out further, they created the second-most open looks per game at 32.5, but their 39.2 percent shooting on them is 21st in the NBA.
Simply put, the Mavericks just have not hit their shots in the early going. They have had plenty of good looks at the bucket, but they just aren’t falling. Luka is shooting 41.7 percent from the field with Dorian Finney-Smith and Kristaps Porzingis both connecting on just over 30 percent.
The Mavs are going to be one of the league’s best offenses. They are creating a top of open looks that are eventually going to fall. There are a lot of reasons that could be behind their slow start, including the NBA switching balls from Spalding to Wilson. The players will get locked in with the new ball in short order, and Dallas will be an offensive juggernaut again.