The Dallas Mavericks are four games and a week into the Luka Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis era and the early returns are quite impressive. The Mavs are 3-1 for the first time since the 2014-15 season and 2-0 on the road for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Three point shooting
After shooting the fourth most threes (3,002) in the NBA last season, coach Rick Carlisle said on Media Day that the Mavs would shoot even more threes this season despite shooting only 34% (4th worst) from 3 in 2018. Through four games this season, the Mavs have made the fifth most threes in the league but are only shooting 31%, which is 22nd. While Dallas does not have a bunch of knock down shooters, better shot selection will go a long way in the direction of improving the percentages. Through four games, it feels like Dallas has forced a three point attempt just because they want to shoot a lot of them per game.
Three point percentages that need to improve:
Tim Hardaway Jr.: 26.1%
Maxi Kleber: 25%
Dallas may have two of the more underrated signings of the 2019 off-season in Delon Wright and Seth Curry. That gives Dallas a three guard rotation of Curry, Wright, and Brunson plus Luka. Dallas currently holds the #1 assist/turnover ratio and average the third fewest turnovers in the league.
Starting with Curry, he is averaging 21 minutes a game and shooting 41 percent from 3. He received his first start on Tuesday night in Denver and turned in a 10 point, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists line and was +14 for the game.
Delon Wright averaging 25 minutes, 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. He is shooting 65% from the field, which is good for third in the NBA. In the Mavericks first road game in New Orleans, he had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and five steals. For the season, he is posting a 115.5 offensive rating and a 106.8 defensive rating.
Jalen Brunson is averaging about 24 minutes, 9 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists a game. Brunson hasn’t committed a turnover since opening night against Washington. Brunson has showed an impressive composure and understanding that many second year point guards do not show.
Porzingis has struggled to rebound the basketball throughout his short NBA career averaging 7 a game. His first two games of the 2019 season continued that trend. However, what I have seen the last two games has been a guy that realizes he needs to do more and is capable of doing more in that department. He is averaging about 8 rebounds a game and has grabbed 23 boards combined his last two games. For some young players, it takes them time to realize there are other ways to impact the game besides scoring and we could be witnessing that with KP and as he continues to get his feet under him and used to playing basketball again, I think he can average 9 or 10 rebounds a game.
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