30 games. 9.6 min 2.4 points, 2.1 assists, 34.5% fg, 1.o turnovers
Ace Feltman: C I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting, but it was better than this. Gal Mekel was the MVP of the Israeli Super League as a member on the champion Maccabi Haifa, averaging 13.3 points and 5.4 assists before making the transition back to the states. Multiple teams showed interest but the Mavericks got their guy for three years and minimum money. His salary barely even dents the Mavs cap number but given the organization’s pride in international scouting, I was expecting more. Mekel can’t shoot and when he does it brings back bad memories of Darren Collison hurling the basketball at the goal with all his might. He’s stepped in and provided some minutes in wake of injuries to Devin Harris in particular, but he’s been decidedly underwhelming.
Rami Michail: C- Gal has had some good moments, and was able to handle the backup duties till Larkin got healthy, but there’s no doubt he has some work to do to be a decent backup pg. His inability to hit shots hurt his ability to be a factor in games. He would have greatly benefited from a D-League stint, but his recent injury will stunt his development.
Rodney Fisher: C Nobody was expecting Gal to play as much as he did to start the season, but he has been serviceble at best. He lacks knowledge of the American pro game. This has hindered him from being able to be effective for Carlisle to keep him apart of the rotation. Overall, the Mavericks are excited about his upside, just not excited about having to play him this season.