Dallas Mavericks need from Kristaps Porzingis: 3. Shooting
The Mavs are taking 40.4 3-point attempts per game, which ranks seventh in the NBA, but they are connected at 30.7 percent to sit 27th. Dallas took a few more threes when KP was in the lineup, but their percentage has been virtually identical in part because Porzingis shot four of 17 from 3-point range to start the year.
The Unicorn attempted 7.1 3-pointers per game during the 2019-2020 season when the Mavericks led the league and produced a historic offensive rating. Having a 7’3 player that can hit threes is a massive threat, but employing one that takes and makes a high volume is another level. The Mavs are not getting back one of the league’s best shooters in Seth Curry, but having KP attempt seven threes per game will open up the floor.
Head coach Jason Kidd and the Mavericks want to get Porzingis more involved in the offense and for him to feel comfortable. There is room for a few post-ups and having the Unicorn spotting up beyond the arc. Dallas just needs to find that balance.
The Dallas Mavericks need Kristaps Porzingis taking and making 3-pointers if they want to go on a deep playoff, but that alone won’t do it.