Dallas Mavericks: 3 Goals for the Upcoming 2018-19 Season

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Goal 2. Improve Their Scoring Volume as a Team

The Mavericks ranked 28th in the league last season in points per game. At first glance, that may not be surprising when you consider that they failed to qualify for the playoffs, but it’s a worse stat when further context is added.

The Mavericks scored fewer points per game than the Suns, the team with the worst record in the league. That’s an indictment on their offensive performance at a team level. Had they been able to score more points, they may have won more games and ended up with a better record.

Scoring more should be a main priority for the Mavericks this season. They didn’t have a single player on the team average 20 points a game, and only one (Harrison Barnes) managed to score more than 15. The first thing the team should do is establish which players they want to go to first on offense.

Whether it be Barnes or Dennis Smith or even Luka Doncic, making one player the focal point of the offense ensures that they’ll get more shots and hopefully score more points. At times, the Mavericks looked more like a collection of players than an actual cohesive unit last season. Giving them a player to lead them and a player to run the offense through will hopefully alleviate that problem.

It’s difficult to win in this league when a team doesn’t have stars – and establishing a hierarchy could potentially create a star (or two or three) for the Dallas Mavericks.

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