Dallas Mavericks need to get Luka Doncic more help
The Mavs lost Jalen Brunson in the offseason after his breakout fourth NBA season. JB may not have been the second star Dallas was searching for, but he was a fantastic fit next to Luka. He could create shots, run the offense when Doncic needed a rest, and bail out the Mavs when the shot clock was running down. Brunson is thriving in New York, and further proving his skill.
The Mavericks did not replace JB. They added Christian Wood, but he cannot create shots like Brunson. Dallas used their mid-level exception to JaVale McGee, who is struggling to begin the season and will never be a shot creator, and rookie Jaden Hardy, who is not NBA ready.
Luka was already leading the league in usage and now he has less shot creation around him. Doncic has to do more to help the Mavs win. They had their most success last season with two ball-handlers on the floor, but Dallas only has two playmakers on the roster now. Spencer Dinwiddie thrived as the Mavericks' third playmaker last season, but now he is promoted to Brunson’s former role, and there is nobody to fill the role he played last season.
Luka Doncic is doing too much so far this season, and the Dallas Mavericks need to acquire another ball-handler and playmaker if they want to make another deep playoff run. The 23-year-old superstar has been otherworldly to start the year, but the front office needs to get him more help before the trade deadline.
There can be too much of a good thing, and Luka’s usage is bordering on that line so far. Will it go down as the season progresses? It is something to watch closely moving forward, so please stay tuned.