The Dallas Mavericks have sought a secondary playmaker to pair with Luka Doncic. Among the potential options around the NBA linked to the Mavs has been Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
According to Hoops Legion Ross, the Mavericks and Nets have discussed a trade centered around Dinwiddie. The particular components required from Dallas to execute a deal were not mentioned but they have been recently shopping the No. 18 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The motivation for the Dallas Mavericks to execute a deal for Dinwiddie is clear since he displayed an intriguing ability to create with the basketball this season. He also brings size to the guard position— helping the Mavs to field a switch-friendly perimeter on defense.
The main concern that comes with the potential fit with Dinwiddie and the Mavericks is his inability to consistently convert on catch-and-shoot or pull-up jumpers. Dallas would need to be confident in his ability to handle the ball but why take it out of Doncic’s hands for someone of Dinwiddie’s caliber?
The lack of off-ball impact from Dinwiddie is a critical reason why his production declined significantly when other frequently involved playmakers were on the court for the Brooklyn Nets. That’s not an ideal backcourt partner for Doncic.
Unless the Dallas Mavericks were to stagger Spencer Dinwiddie’s minutes to shoulder a heavy playmaking load while Luka Doncic is resting, this pairing doesn’t seem to make much sense. What Dinwiddie has shown during his time with the Brooklyn Nets just isn’t a clean fit.
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