The offseason is upon us and the Dallas Mavericks as always will look to make a splash. Dirk Nowitzki is the only guarantee to be back of the Mavs’ own free agents. Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, DeJuan Blair, Devin Harris, and Bernard James may have seen their last days in a Dallas uniform. With about $26 million dollars in cap room (Pre-Nowitzki signing new deal), the Mavericks have a great opportunity to improve the 49-33 roster.
The Mavericks are set at the starting shooting guard spot after striking gold with Monta Ellis, but must now find a backup for him. Last season Devin Harris and Vince Carter saw plenty of time at shooting gard, but with Harris a free agent and possibly sticking to point guard mostly if he returns and Carter’s future with the team unsure, the team will need to find a backup for Ellis.
Another possibility, though unlikely, would be to move Ellis to point guard and look for a new starting two-guard.
Dwyane Wade, 32: 19 points, 54.5% fg, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 3 turnovers
Still a top shooting guard and player when healthy. Problem is he hasn’t been truly healthy for the last two seasons. Deadly midrange shooter, but still lacks 3-pt range. Declining defender due to age and health.
Lance Stephenson, 23: 13.8 points, 49.1% fg, 7.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.7 turnovers
Triple-double threat with a hot temper. Tends to over dribble. Turnover Prone. Not a great shooter. Good passer but tends to go with flash over substance. Tough defender. Physical and tough driver.
Jodie Meeks, 26: 15.7 points, 40.1% 3-pt, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals
Great 3-pt threat. Improved ball handler and finisher. Lacks size to match up with bigger guards, but a decent defender overall.
Thabo Sefolosha, 30: 6.3 points, 31.6% 3-pt shooter, 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals
3-D player. Respectable shooter. Not great putting the ball on the floor.
Nick Young, 28: 17.9 points, 38.6% 3-pt, 1.5 assists
Plenty of swag and confidence. Great shot creator. Can make tough shots, but takes too many for a non-elite player. Instant offense. Doesn’t know what defense is. Good shooter. Poor passer.
Rodney Stuckey, 28: 13.9 points, 43.6% fg, 2.1 assists, 1.7 turnovers
Tough, physical, attacking guard. Defense and shooting a weakness. Turnover prone.
Jordan Crawford, 25: 11 points, 31.6% 3-pt, 3.5 assists, 1.7 turnovers
Skilled guard who prefers to score and shoot only. Streaky. Poor decision maker and defender.