Can the Dallas Mavericks turn around their shooting woes this season?
The Mavs can and should turn their 3-point shooting woes around. Tim Hardaway Jr., Reggie Bullock, and Sterling Brown shot a combined 40.4 percent over 1,142 threes last season. This year, they are hitting 30.6 percent on 301 tries. Add in the triples of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and the percentage drops from 38.5 to 31.0.
The Mavericks are going to shoot worse this season. Yes, they added plus shooters during the offseason, but the team’s spacing was negatively impacted by the coaching change. Rick Carlisle ran a five-out offense that maximized the space on the floor at all times, while Jason Kidd is giving the players more freedom to operate.
Opposing teams will not start respecting the Dallas Mavericks until they knock down shots. They have too much talent to keep shooting this poorly. Things will turn around, but this year’s squad is likely to shoot under 35 percent for the season.
Coach Kidd has talked on several occasions about his team not having to rely on 3-point shooting. That has not been the case so far this year, and it will be interesting to see if he can make the Mavericks less reliant on their outside shooting moving forward. Expect the team to improve, but how much could be the key to avoiding the play-in tournament.