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Grading the Mavericks after 20 games of 2021-2022 season

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Grade for Dallas Mavericks shooting after 20 games

The Mavs are taking the sixth-most 3-pointers in the league this season at 38.2 per game, but they are connecting on just 34.1 percent, which sits 18th. Going 18 of 34 against the Pelicans significantly boosted Dallas too. Teams have abandoned Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell to pack the paint to try to stop Luka Doncic.

Dallas needs to make more shots moving forward. It is a must for their offense to jump into the top ten. Their struggle has been on open looks as classified by NBA Stats, which means the defender is four to six away. The Mavericks are taking 15.9 per game, which is seventh in the league, but connecting at 28.4 percent or the 27th highest percentage.

There is no one player to blame as their 3-point shooting percentages are down nearly across the board. Kristaps Porzingis is shooting 30.1 percent. Reggie Bullock stands at 28.8 percent, and Sterling Brown is also below 30 percent. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Doncic are both hovering in the 34 percent range. The Mavs shooting has been bad.

Dallas Mavericks shooting grade after 20 games: D

They avoid a falling grade by climbing to 18th behind a hot shooting night in New Orleans, but the Mavs cannot hit 34.1 percent for the season and expect to be a top-four seed in the Western Conference. They have to start making open looks to get their offense rolling.