The Dallas Mavericks have plenty of trade options for to target this offseason.
Two players whose names have been mentioned in trade rumors this offseason, include Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield and Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo. Both players are in their late twenties and have plenty of gas left in the tank.
So with the perfect scenario, who should the Dallas Mavericks target?
Why Buddy Hield?
Buddy Hield has proven to be a reliable asset for the Sacramento Kings. This season, the 27 year-old guard averaged 19.2 points per game and shot 39% from beyond the arc. In his final game this season, Hield scored 28 points against the Los Angeles Lakers and went 8 for 14 from behind the arc.
While the young guard has not yet proven to be an All-Star, his contributes as a solid role-player could just what Dallas is missing. His ability to create his own shots and shot from anywhere on the court are some of his key highlights.
While Hield has proven success, some of his recent struggles include inconsistency and inability to shoot contested shots. In his final five games of play this season, Hield struggled shooting.
On August 6th against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Sacramento guard shot just 20 percent from the field and went one for four from the three-point line. Flash-forward to five games later and he is shooting 57 percent from the arc.
A key reason as to why Hield struggles to remain consistent can be observed through the defensive coverage. With defenders less than two-feet from him, Hield shoots a mere 38 percentage overall, in contrast when defenders are four-six feet from him he tends to shoot around 49 percent.
While the 27 year-old guard may be a risk, his ability to score could increase Dallas’s offensive efficiency to an even higher level.
Why not Victor Oladipo?
Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo has been a hot-topic these days. While his future with Indiana remains unknown, plenty of teams will be tracking his progress. Over the past seven seasons, Oladipo has made the All-Star team two teams, most recently in 2019. His ability to drive to the basket and create open shots are just some of his key attributes.
Over the past two season, Oladipo has played in just 55 games. His inability to stay on the court hurt his average this season, as the 28 year-old guard collected 14.5 points per game. The last time the Pacers guard averaged less than 15 points game dates back to his rookie year with the Orlando Magic. While injuries have been known to plague his career, there is no questioning his basketball skills.
In the Pacers final playoff game this season, Oladipo was all over the court as he racked up 25 points, five assists and five steals. His ability to play two-way ball is something a lot of guards lack these days. Two seasons ago, Oladipo was elected to the First Team All-Defensive squad. His ability to pressure defenders puts a lot of pressure on coaches trying to game-plan around him. When healthy, the Pacers guard can contribute at an all-time high and can provide tremendous numbers if his name is called.
The bottom line is Dallas will have to give up a couple of asset players if there were to chase down Hield or Oladipo. Both players have the ability to take Dallas’s offensive game to an even higher level. If the Mavericks truly believe either player can become the third star in Dallas, the question now becomes: At what price will it cost the team?