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Dallas Mavericks Bench

The Dallas Mavericks signed Devin Harris, Wayne Ellington, and DeJuan Blair this offseason to bolster a 2nd-unit that lead the league in scoring last season. Vince Carter, Brandan Wright, and Jae Crowder return to group with signees.

With Rick Carlisle’s creativity and appreciation for versatility, it is expected that each of the players will have an opportunity to impact the game.

Devin Harris though injured at the moment will be able to guard both guard positions and pick up the pace of the offense. Rookie Gal Mekel should fall out of the rotation once Harris returns.

Wayne Ellington brings defense, energy, and shooting at the guard position.  He should get plenty of open looks with Dirk Nowitzki and the other guards drawing attention.

DeJuan Blair (6’7″) will begin the season as the main backup big to Samuel Dalembert as Wright is out.  Blair will be counted on to rebound, screen, and play defense.

Vince Carter lead the bench last year with his 13pts/game.  With the new additions, Carter’s minutes may be lowered to keep him fresh throughout the season.

Brandan Wright had his best season last year with averages of 8.5pts and 4rebs a game.  Wright currently injured, should flourish in the pick-n-roll with Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Harris.

Jae Crowder may be the odd man out when/if everyone is healthy.  Crowder must prove to Carlisle that he can consistently rebound, defend, and shoot to stay in the rotation.  With Wright currently out expect Crowder to pick up the minutes at both forward positions.

The Mavs should once again have one of the top scoring and impactful 2nd-units of the league.

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