Following on the heels of yesterday’s look back at 2018 and what we’re grateful for, today we’re looking ahead.
What’s one resolution, either for yourself or for the Dallas Mavericks, in 2019?
Jordan: In 2019, I’d like to see the Mavericks put more value on developing and acquiring wing depth. They need it badly. Instead of swinging for the fences this summer, I’d like to see them target attainable, high quality players that compliment Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr.
Nick: The Mavericks need to win games on the road. Here’s the list of teams in the league that have a worse home record than the Mavs right now ... none. Even the Cavs, Suns, and Knicks have worse records on the road and none of those teams have even won 10 games yet. This is starting to become an identity more than a trend and it needs to stop.
Sam: Luka Doncic must become a better, more consistent free throw shooter. For the season he’s shooting 75 percent, a respectable number for sure. But in his last nine games, he’s attempted less than 10 attempts from the line ONLY three times. He’s becoming a regular customer at the charity stripe, and with the Mavericks playing so many close games, shooting around 80 percent from the line would do wonders for the team.
Kirk: My resolution is to relax on the DeAndre Jordan criticism. Dallas either doesn’t care that he’s not interested in help defense or there’s something in the advanced statistics that show his rebounding is so much more valuable than him trying to block a shot now and then.
For the Mavericks, I’d like to see them figure out their rotations. I know Barea has to command the offense to be effective, but Harrison Barnes or Wesley Matthews could get a few shots up on the second unit now and then.