Dallas Mavericks Offseason: Luol Deng or Trevor Ariza?

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Luol Deng

29-years-old | 6’9″ | 220 lbs

Career Avgs: 16 points, 32.9% 3-pt, 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1 steal

Luol Deng spent the first nine-plus seasons with the Chicago Bulls before getting dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers this season. Getting dealt to the Cavs didn’t help his stock, as he looked old, slow, and worn down through out the season. In forty games with Cleveland, he averaged only 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists. All of which happened to be far below the 19.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists he averaged in 23 games with the Bulls. Giving off the impression that his poor play may have been more to do with being with the Cavs and not him enduring a steep decline.

Deng’s game never revolved around athleticism. He’s always been a good defender and rebounder for a small forward. Three point shooting isn’t as strong as some of us may think (if looking at the numbers). He can still make plays and hit the midrange shot off the dribble.

Next to Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, he’d be the third option. He’d get plenty of the same three point looks Shawn Marion get. With his ability to make plays and put the ball on the floor, it would also relieve some of the playmaking burden on Ellis and Nowitzi.

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