Are the Dallas Mavericks a bottom ten 3-point shooting team?
It is easy to explain shooting woes to begin a season as a cold start or a small sample size, but the Mavs are still shooting 33.2 percent with over one quarter of the year in the books. They sit 24th in the league and are not showing signs of bouncing back.
The Mavericks are too talented to shoot this poorly. Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, and Sterling Brown are all shooting significantly below their career 3-point percentages. Having three rotation players below 30 percent when Dallas shoots a high volume of triples is back-breaking. They must improve if they want to reach their goals.
Why are so many players shooting below their career averages? Dallas started the year adjusting to a fresh scheme under new head coach Jason Kidd. Injuries have made it difficult for the Mavs to find their rhythm, but the team should be settled with more than 28 percent of the regular season behind them.
Here is a look at a few factors that are causing the team’s shooting woes before trying to determine if the team will improve as the year progresses and how far they can ultimately climb.