Dallas Mavericks: 3 Moves the Mavs Must Make to Win Now
The Dallas Mavericks have to do these three moves ASAP
The NBA season is still early and many teams are figuring out what works out and what doesn’t. One of those teams still trying to their identity is the Dallas Mavericks.
As it stands, the Dallas Mavericks currently sit outside of the playoffs and are one of the many teams still trying figure things out. One thing the team does know, is Luka is still Luka. The All-Star guard is still averaging a triple-double and is just one of the small highlights for this early NBA season.
The Dallas Mavericks have the potential to be a top three team in the Western Conference if they play their cards right. Excluding the presence of Kristaps Porzingis, the Mavs can still work things out.
Here are three things the team must do now in order to get back on track:
Currently, the Dallas Mavericks rank in the bottom 10 in terms of rebounds per game. One reason this problem exist, is the absence of KP. While the return of the forward is still unknown, there is one way the team can fix their rebounding woes: start Center Willie Cauley-Stein.
Against the Houston Rockets alone, the Mavs center averaged seven rebounds and 15 points in just 24 minutes. Compare that to the current starting center Dwight Powell, against the Rockets Powell played 15 minutes and tallied two rebounds and two points.
For the season, both players are averaging 3.9 rebounds a game. The difference is Powell is doing this is 20 minutes per game, in contrast to Willie who is doing the same in 13.4 minutes. Along with that, when Cauley-Stein is on the floor the team has shown to be more aggressive.
The open space he has added, has also been a plus. His contribution has not gone unnoticed and it is time the starts Willie if they want to content with perimeter centers in the league.
Another way the team focus on the win now mode, is have Hardaway run the second unit off the bench. Now I get it, Hardaway Jr. is too valuable as a starter to bench, but let us look into it.
Against the Rockets, Hardaway Jr. came off the bench and had one of his best performances. He shot 78.6 from the field and went 8 for 10 from behind the arc. To top if off, he had seven rebounds.
While this may be a one time notice, this may actually work for the Dallas Mavericks. If the team allows Hardaway Jr. to run the second unit, he will be the primary scorer and it will allow him to take charge while players like Luka take a rest.
It will increase bench points for the team and increasing the team’s points per game. This would also allow others players like Maxi Kleber and Jalen Brunson to transition in the starting role and gain more valuable time and progress.
Guard Jalen Brunson is currently averaging 11.7 points per game and has shown to be a valuable asset when given the time. When given more than 20 minutes per game, Brunson has averaged around 23.7 points.
On December 30th against the Charlotte Hornets, the Mavs guard played 20 minutes in the game and scored 16 points while given the time. Fast forward to a week later against the Chicago Bulls, Brunson played a total of 38 minutes and banked in 31 points for the team. In both games he averaged above 40 percent from behind the arc.
Since his comeback from his injury last season, his production for the team has truly exceed his expectations and when given the time he has proven to make every minute worth it. If the team wants to win now, it must get any type of points it can and Brunson is just the player to make improve the offense for the team.
If the team hopes to improve it current woes it must focus on these three scenarios if it wants to win now. While this may not fix everything, it would be starting point until KP returns to full strength.