Why the Dallas Mavericks need to keep Marquese Chriss: 1. Pick and roll
Luka Doncic is one of the best pick and roll ball-handlers in the world. The 22-year-old superstar carves up defenses with his playmaking abilities, and fans got a glimpse of that on Sunday night when he shook off the rust to lead the Mavs over the Thunder in Oklahoma City.
Marquese Chriss rates as an above-league-average roll man in each of his last two seasons. He scored 1.17 points per possession during his first five games in Dallas, and fans saw his game go to another level working with Luka. Chriss was six of nine from the field on Jan. 2, including drilling three wide-open 3-pointers. Two of those triples came off pick and pops with number 77.
Chriss is a plus athlete with the ability to leap out of the gym. The 24-year-old is no stranger to navigating the pick and roll, and he could form a deadly duo with Doncic if he remains in Dallas long-term.
Marquese Chriss is on his fifth team since joining the NBA in 2016. After an injury limited him to just two games last season and he was out of the league to begin this year, Chriss wants nothing more than to land more than a ten-day contract. He has proved deserving during his six-game stint in Dallas, and the Mavericks should be the team that signs him for the remainder of the season.