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Old 02-01-2021, 06:11 PM   #41
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WaysDallas Mavericks can improve 3-point shooting: 4. Less Luka heat checks, more in rhythm

Luka Doncic is second on the team in threes attempted but has connected on just 29.4 percent. Fans were hoping to see the 21-year-old superstar make a massive leap in his outside shooting after hitting just 31.6 percent last season, but that has not happened in the team’s first 20 games.

Luka needs to stop taking heat check 3-pointers early in the shot clock. He is nine for 31 this season with 15-plus seconds left on the shot timer when he fires away. Last season, Doncic was just 57 of 181 or 31.5 percent. He struggles with the shot clock running down too.

Luka needs to get his triples in the rhythm of the offense. He was 100 out of 278 with the shot clock between 15 and four seconds last season. Doncic is a willing shooter that is dangerous from the outside. Teams cover him because of it. Luka needs to improve his shot selection to climb out of his early-season 3-point shooting funk.

Way Dallas Mavericks can improve 3-point shooting: 2. More Maxi, Doe-Doe, and JRich
The Mavs traded Seth Curry to acquire Josh Richardson on draft night 2020. They knew they were giving up one of the best 3-point shooters in the league, but Dallas needed to improve their middle of the pack defense to jump into title contention.

t is still too early to grade this trade. The Mavericks would not be last in 3-point shooting with Curry, but JRich is one of five players who missed significant time in the health and safety protocols.

Richardson is career 36.0 percent 3-point that is shooting 28.1 percent over 57 attempts. He has hit 14 of 49 wide open threes so far. The Mavericks need to feed Richardson more threes and watch his percentage rise.

Maxi Kleber missed 11 straight games in the health and safety protocols. He is an important floor spacer for the Mavs. He shot 37.3 percent last season and gives them a stretch four to play off of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. His return should bump the team’s 3-point shooting instantly.
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Old 02-01-2021, 07:20 PM   #42
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My point is KP doesn't need to shoot from that far out. Can he hit some of those? Sure. But he's 7'3 he can shoot over anyone. Many of those super long 3s haven't been necessary imo.
Thatís a fair point. He doesnít have to shoot Curry threes to be open, because of his height. He was effective from deep last year, though. After comparing the shot charts, it looks like heís started shooting the baseline three more, so thereís that at least.
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Thatís a fair point. He doesnít have to shoot Curry threes to be open, because of his height. He was effective from deep last year, though. After comparing the shot charts, it looks like heís started shooting the baseline three more, so thereís that at least.
Yea. Agreed. Keep mixing it up and get a little closer to the line on those 3s. It's not like they were way off line, it's just soo many hit front rim dead on. If he were a step or 2 closer his percentage would be way up
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The Mavs are DEAD LAST in the 3pt shooting this season. That... is a problem. I frankly don't understand why it's happening. Almost everyone on this roster can shoot, historically speaking. I don't think we can blame this one on covid.
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I thought this team needed more shooting going into the season and was told that I was wrong here...never thought this was a great shooting group
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Old 02-11-2021, 09:27 AM   #46
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The biggest issues with our three point shooting are (in order) DFS, Richardson, Porzingis, Luka.

DFS gets the best looks of the four and just needs to hit them.

Richardson shoots off the bounce more but also gets good looks he needs to hit.

KP has fallen in love with the super deep 3 right past the half court line. We need to do more to get him better looks, but he also needs to just take a step in and trust Luka to creat a look for him.

Luka continues to shoot those heat check step back threes, and he continues to miss them. Heís last on this list because that shot does more to create spacing and offense for the Mavs than any other single play.
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Kleber 47.2%
THJ 39.9%
Brunson 39.3%
Burke 39.1%

DFS 34.1%
Porzingis 32.6%
Doncic 30.9%
Richardson 30.4%

Johnson 28.0%
WCS 25.0%
Hinton 20.0%
Green 16.7%
Powell 14.3%
Iwundu 13.0%
Boban 0.0%

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The biggest issues with our three point shooting are (in order) DFS, Richardson, Porzingis, Luka.

DFS gets the best looks of the four and just needs to hit them.

Richardson shoots off the bounce more but also gets good looks he needs to hit.

KP has fallen in love with the super deep 3 right past the half court line. We need to do more to get him better looks, but he also needs to just take a step in and trust Luka to creat a look for him.

Luka continues to shoot those heat check step back threes, and he continues to miss them. Heís last on this list because that shot does more to create spacing and offense for the Mavs than any other single play.
KP has it bad with the long ass 3's. He needs to get closer, simple as that.

Luka is working his way back out of the 9% hole.

Maxi is making up for a few others for sure, but we need everyone to bump it up a notch.
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Can we not pass the ball to Maxi more(LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU THJ) when he is open behind the arc? Or...can we not run some plays that get him more touches?

Or are we saving that for possible playoffs?
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Luka in December - 10%
Luka in January - 33%
Luka in February - 36%
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Luka in Dec 9.5%
Luka in Jan 33.0%
Luka in Feb 40.0%
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Can we not pass the ball to Maxi more(LOOKING RIGHT AT YOU THJ) when he is open behind the arc? Or...can we not run some plays that get him more touches?

Or are we saving that for possible playoffs?
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THJ when you look at most box score seems to be the only Mavs payer who ends the games without a single assist.

Last night was a perfect example, they put up 140 points and he didn't register one assist

I think he's in the perfect role now as 6th man but come on sometimes you got to pass the ball and feed your big men. He's one of the reason's why when Luka leaves the game and KP stays on the floor you won't see KP get many shots with that 2nd unit.

I mean Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams each have that shoot 1st mentality as 6th man but you also see them mixing it up and getting other guys the rock.

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THJ when you look at most box score seems to be the only Mavs payer who ends the games without a single assist.

Last night was a perfect example, they put up 140 points and he didn't register one assist

I think he's in the perfect role now as 6th man but come on sometimes you got to pass the ball and feed your big men. He's one of the reason's why when Luka leaves the game and KP stays on the floor you won't see KP get many shots with that 2nd unit.

I mean Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams each have that shoot 1st mentality as 6th man but you also see them mixing it up and getting other guys the rock.
He has one of the best looking shots in the game...he makes shots too. But damn...dude has bad tunnel vision when ball is in his hands.

If he doesnt take the three and decides to put the ball on the floor...no one else is getting the ball. Almost like what going on in his head is "Shot clock is low...I gotta make something happen"

Its crazy how his dad was a sweet dribbler....but THJ seems stiff...he doesnt have the natural gift/feel for dribbling unfortunately. If he could dribble better(more creative at getting past the defender) and finish at the rim more...he would amazing. A lot of guys would be amazing with another skill in their bag...but why I say this with THJ is because most guys in the League have good dribbles and decent finishers playing 1-3 position.

He has gotten more aggressive at taking it to the rim(at least to me it seems that way from last year to this year...dont know about his early days) which I like...and it will help him get paid long term...but he needs to focus on passing after putting the ball on the floor.

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Luka in Dec 9.5%
Luka in Jan 33.0%
Luka in Feb 40.0%
KP in December - DNP
KP in January - 28.6%
KP in February - 44.9%

THJ in December - 40.7%
THJ in January - 38.3%
THJ in February - 42.1%

DFS in December - 27.3%
DFS in January - 35.9%
DFS in February - 44.8%

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KP in December - DNP
KP in January - 28.6%
KP in February - 44.9%

THJ in December - 40.7%
THJ in January - 38.3%
THJ in February - 42.1%

DFS in December - 27.3%
DFS in January - 35.9%
DFS in February - 44.8%
Nice! Now we just need Richardson to get on track. He's shooting 34% in February, which is still below his career average but is at least a massive improvement from the 20% or so he was at before.
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He has one of the best looking shots in the game...he makes shots too. But damn...dude has bad tunnel vision when ball is in his hands.

If he doesnt take the three and decides to put the ball on the floor...no one else is getting the ball. Almost like what going on in his head is "Shot clock is low...I gotta make something happen"

Its crazy how his dad was a sweet dribbler....but THJ seems stiff...he doesnt have the natural gift/feel for dribbling unfortunately. If he could dribble better(more creative at getting past the defender) and finish at the rim more...he would amazing. A lot of guys would be amazing with another skill in their bag...but why I say this with THJ is because most guys in the League have good dribbles and decent finishers playing 1-3 position.

He has gotten more aggressive at taking it to the rim(at least to me it seems that way from last year to this year...dont know about his early days) which I like...and it will help him get paid long term...but he needs to focus on passing after putting the ball on the floor.
You are spot on with that assessment of him.

Could you imagine if THJ had handles....he would be awesome because then when defenders close out on him respecting that jumper he could mix it up and drive more.

That's the thing which separates him from a Devin Booker, Donovan Mitchell or Zach Lavine types they can all be used as primary ball handlers because they have handles.

God Shammgod is the ball handling coach and he was amazing handling the rock back in his days as a player. I'm sure he works with THJ every day but he probably just doesn't have that skill set his like his daddy LOL
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Luka in Dec 9.5%
Luka in Jan 33.0%
Luka in Feb 40.0%
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Luka in Dec 9.5%
Luka in Jan 33.0%
Luka in Feb 44.7%

He has now had his three-point percentage from the year climb from under 8% at one point to an overall of 35%
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