Thing Dallas Mavericks need to acquire in 2022: 2. More playmaking
Luka Doncic leads the NBA in time of possession and usage this season. The Mavs place a gigantic burden on the 22-year-old’s shoulders because they need to. Jalen Brunson is the only other player on the Mavericks roster that can consistently create shots for himself and others.
The heliocentric offense approach does not win a championship. Doncic’s numbers declined in the fourth quarter against the LA Clippers in last year’s playoffs because he was worn down. Having another player that can take some of the burden off of his shoulders would be massive.
Luka should have the ball in his hands, but diversifying their attack makes the Mavericks even more dangerous. Coach Kidd wants to keep Doncic fresh, and he knows that taking away some of the team’s offensive burden is the easiest way to accomplish that goal.
The Dallas Mavericks have been linked to Goran Dragic for months, and he would be the perfect fit for this role. The veteran can run the offense and make plays while spacing the floor for Luka Doncic to attack. The 35-year-old is away from the Raptors dealing with a personal matter, and the Mavs will swarm Dragic if he gets bought out in Toronto.
Dallas should not stop there, though. Adding more creativity and playmaking is a must if the Mavericks want to be title contenders.