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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 defense after 20 games

New head coach Jason Kidd entered his first season in charge preaching chemistry, accountability, and defense. The Mavs finished 21st in defensive rating last season giving up 112.3 points per 100 possessions. Dallas wants to contend for a championship and finishing top ten in both offensive and defensive rating is a hallmark of title-winning squads. There is no question that the Mavericks needed to improve.

After 20 games, Kidd’s Mavs rank 21st in defensive rating. They are allowing 109.4 points per 100 possessions, but scoring is down across the league after last season’s historic marks. It was always going to take time to get adjusted to the Hall of Fame point guard’s system, but there have been far too many defensive lapses and not enough communication.

Fans can only expect so much. The Mavericks will not be a stout defensive team running out Luka Doncic, Tim Hardaway Jr., and Jalen Brunson in the same lineup, but could they be league average or slightly better? They can and need to be if they want to compete for a championship.

Dallas Mavericks shooting grade after 20 games: D-plus

The Mavs have not improved on the defensive end of the floor. They are exactly where they were last season, which is not good enough. Being bottom ten in the league earns Dallas a D-plus grade through the first 20 games.