Mark Cuban was quoted this week, “Actually, I think Sam is the key to our game more than anybody else.”
We all know what Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon bring to the table, especially offensively, but they’re lack of defensive reputation is the key factor of Samuel Dalembert’s importance.
Dalembert will be counted on to replicate what Tyson Chandler did for the Mavericks during the 2010-2011 Championship season.
The Mavericks will need Dalembert to rebound, block shots, lead the defense and avoid foul trouble. Especially now with Brandan Wright’s injury, the importance of Dalembert to avoid foul trouble and to have a presence on the court is even more important. Any offense they get from Dalembert will be a bonus, as the hope is that his presence and rebounding can create some fast break and easy opportunities.
If Dalembert can average 25-28 minutes a game, 8-10 rebounds, and 2-3 blocks, the Mavericks will be not just be happy with their investment, but they’ll be in a great position to make the playoffs, as long as injury bug doesn’t slow this team down.