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Old 02-01-2021, 06:11 PM   #11
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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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