6.) Malcolm Brogdon (15.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 50.5 fg%, 42.6 3p%, 92.8 ft%)
This past season, 2017 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon became the eighth player in NBA history to become a part of the exclusive 50-40-90 club (of which Dirk Nowitzki is also a member).
Brogdon’s sharpshooting and high efficiency behind the arc increase the floor spacing necessary for both drive and kick-outs and specialized isolation and pick-and-roll plays for Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.
Malcolm Brogdon’s ability as a ball-handler lightens the load for Luka Doncic and could certainly reduce the Mavs high turnover rate. Although Brogdon has more to prove in creating his own baskets on the offensive end, his 6’5” frame and 6’11” wingspan proved to wreak havoc for opposing guards in the switch-happy defensive scheme for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Malcolm Brogdon’s shooting, ball-handling, and promising defensive frame would fill much-needed lapses at the point guard position for the Dallas Mavericks.
7.) Tobias Harris (20 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.8 apg, 48.7 fg%, 39.7 3p%, 86.6 ft%)
The 26-year-old athletic wing would be the ideal offensive addition alongside the duo of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, forming a young and promising “Big 3.” Not only does Tobias Harris provide needed rebounding and efficient perimeter shooting, but his quickness and slashing ability from ball-handlers’ penetration will keep defenses honest and overwhelm opposing coaches’ defensive strategies.
Moreover, Tobias Harris’s ball-handling abilities and deadeye stroke spell danger for opponents in pick-and-roll scenarios with KP, Maxi, etc. The abilities for KP and Luka to hit the outside shot and Luka to create scoring opportunities both provide necessary inside spacing for Tobias to punish smaller 3s and mismatches, and even hides his offensive weakness in being the primary creator.
On the defensive end, however, Tobias Harris lacks the swiftness that he utilizes on the offensive side. As a result, Harris’s suspect perimeter defense will certainly be exploited in close contests and playoff games. Despite his questionable defending and fickle playmaking abilities, ball-handling and knock-down wings/forwards have become the “must-have” in the NBA and thus Tobias Harris is a guy we should target.