Dallas Mavericks surprising stats so far: 3. Open looks but not falling
A lot has been said and made of the team’s shot quality through the first two games of the regular season. Mavs fans are used to Rick Carlisle’s five-out offense that maximizes the space on the floor. His team's also had limited off-ball movement and defined roles for every player on the court.
Players have more freedom under coach Kidd, including the ability to shoot it from anywhere on the floor, which has created some spacing issues in the first two games. The Mavs appeared to find their footing in the second half against the Raptors as they stormed from behind to grab the win.
Through two games, Dallas is creating 54.0 open looks (the defender at least four feet away as classified by NBA Stats) per game, but they are shooting just 37 percent on those attempts. They are in the top ten in shots created and the bottom ten in percentage.
Fans know that Luka Doncic creates a ton of open looks, and fans should not be panicked about the Dallas Mavericks offense. The team is generating quality shots, but they are not falling in the first two games. Dallas has plenty of shooters, so it is just a matter of time before things turn around.