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What does Tim Hardaway Jr. foot injury mean for Mavericks?

Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr.
Dallas Mavericks, Tim Hardaway Jr. / Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks need more shooting without Tim Hardaway Jr.

The Mavs want to put shooting and defense around superstar Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old superstar is one of the best shot creators in the league, but Dallas is shooting just 32.7 percent from 3-point range this season.

They were hoping for some regression to the mean with Tim Hardaway Jr. being a key piece of that. He had shot over 39 percent from three two straight seasons before hitting just 33.6 percent this year. With THJ out, Dallas has a massive shooting void on the wing.

Unless the Mavs shake up their roster, Hardaway’s minutes will be taken by Reggie Bullock, Josh Green, Frank Ntilikina, and Sterling Brown. Ntilikina is the only player in that group shooting over 35 percent from 3-point range this season, but it is not on high volume. Bullock should turn things around after shooting 40.0 percent over the last five seasons combined.

Dallas needs a scorer in their second unit and someone that can space the floor for superstar Luka Doncic. Bullock’s minutes pushing closer to 30 per game appears to be the solution, but the 30-year-old wing must knock down his jumpers and has never averaged more than 11.3 points per game.

Tim Hardaway Jr. missing an extended stretch will force head coach Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks to make some immediate changes.

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