The Dallas Mavericks made one of the most intriguing moves just before the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline lapsed last Thursday, as they dealt Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Davis Bertans and Spencer Dinwiddie. Parting ways with Porzingis meant that the Mavs will no longer have the Latvian unicorn protecting the rim and creating mismatches with his blend of size, mobility, and range on the other end of the floor.
Bertans knows that he won't be able to cover entirely the void left by Porzingis on the Mavs, but with the help of Luka Doncic, he should be able to deal damage with what he does best: outside sniping.
Via Tim MacMahon of ESPN:
Davis Bertans: “I’m not a guy who takes the ball, creates something for myself and then shoots. If I don’t get set up by a teammate, it’s really hard for me to get a rhythm going. Getting shots every 10, 15 minutes, it’s really hard to get that % up.” Looks forward to Luka dimes.
Bertans is a career 40.0 percent shooter from behind the arc in the NBA, but he hasn't been particularly shooting well from deep this season, having made only 31.9 percent of his threes in 34 games with the Wizards before getting shipped to Dallas. He hasn't been consistently knocking down catch-and-shoot 3-point opportunities (31.5%), so he is really hoping that Doncic will be able to help him get better looks. At the same time, the Mavs hope that Bertans' arrival will improve their 80.9 percent of threes made off assists — just 19th in the NBA.