Why trading for Ben Simmons would make the Dallas Mavericks worse

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Ben Simmons loves playing in transition but Dallas Mavericks play slow

Simmons was top ten in transition possessions in 2020 and 2021. The 6’10 guard is not the most efficient scorer in those situations, but he loves to get out and run. He needs space to get to the rim and finish, and the easiest way to do that is with the defense getting back in transition.

The Mavs have been by far the slowest-paced team in the NBA during the one-plus season with Jason Kidd as head coach. Superstar Luka Doncic loves to conduct in the halfcourt and play at his tempo. Dallas dissects teams and takes care of the ball.

Could Simmons thrive in that system? He needs the ball to be at his best, and the Mavericks have Luka Doncic. They are going to play the way that fits their superstar best, and that is not what Simmons wants to do. He wants to go fast, and the Mavericks are unlikely to increase their pace any time soon.

The Dallas Mavericks reached the conference finals on the back of their defense last season, and they could still be interested if Ben Simmons transforms the team into an elite defensive squad again, but he is struggling on that end of the floor too.