Finally, Dallas Mavericks Aren’t Living and Dying by Field Goal Percentages

November 9th, 2009 by Alex McVeigh Leave a reply »
I’m officially off of the ledge. After an opening night loss that sent me into a spiral of shame and intravenous drug abuse, the Dallas Mavericks seem to be finally realizing their potential.

Even a crushing loss to the New Orleans Hornets hasn’t derailed what has been a good week and a half for the Mavericks, and with Josh Howard’s return, things are looking up.

So what changed my mood you ask? Well, it’s simple. I looked at some stats, read some articles, and came up with a fact that really makes me feel good about the Mavs’ season.

The Dallas Mavericks aren’t shooting very well.

You read it right. The Mavericks have shot better than 50 percent only once (the blowout against the Raptors) and beat the Lakers, Clippers, and Jazz by shooting 41 percent.

So why is that a good thing?

The Mavericks feature a lot of good shooters. Things tend to regress to the mean, there’s a reason people like Jason Terry, Dirk, and Marion are good shooters, they tend to average out at 44, 45, and 48 percent, respe ...

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