Dallas Mavericks storyline to follow this season: 5. Do they have enough playmaking?
Luka Doncic averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game in the playoffs last season in an incredible performance over the seven games. He had to produce those numbers to keep Dallas in the series after the Clippers went small and severely limited the Mavericks rotation.
The team’s lack of a secondary playmaker was on full display in the series, especially in Game 7 when Doncic had 46 points and 14 dimes as the Mavericks lost by 15. Boban Marjanovic and Dorian Finney-Smith were the only other players on the team that had more than one assist.
The Mavs did little to address this need in the offseason. Jalen Brunson is motivated to prove that he can fill that role, but will he? It is something fans should be watching closely this season. Yes, Luka is arguably the best playmaker in the NBA, but he cannot do it all. The Mavericks need someone that can take some of the responsibility off his shoulders.
Will the Dallas Mavericks make a trade for a playmaker if Jalen Brunson is not filling the role? What does that deal look like? This storyline will be something to follow through the 2022 playoffs.