Dallas Mavericks need Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown to start making shots
The Mavs' two biggest offseason acquisitions have struggled early in their tenures with the team. Bullock was the team’s marquee add, but through 16 games, he is averaging 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in just 22.6 minutes. The 30-year-old wing is shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 28.4 percent on his threes after connecting on over 44 and 41 percent last season as a starter in New York.
Brown has been borderline unplayable on the offensive end of the floor as he is averaging 2.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in just 11.8 minutes per game. The 26-year-old is shooting 27.9 percent from the field and 23.3 percent on his threes through 15 games played.
Brown is at risk of losing his place in the rotation if he does not start making shots. When healthy, the Mavs could play Frank Ntilikina over him, and he could be the first to go if the team acquires an upgrade.
Reggie Bullock could work his way into a 30-minute per game role, and Sterling Brown could be an unquestioned piece of the team’s playoff rotation, but both players need to start knocking down shots at a high clip to make that a reality. They are struggling right now, but each man shot over 40 percent from 3-point range last season. A turnaround should be on the horizon, but fans have not seen it yet.