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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 $30 million dollars in cap room (Pre-Nowitzki signing new deal), the Mavericks have a great opportunity to improve the 49-33 roster.
The Smoking Cuban will break down possible position options for the Mavericks this offseason.
Marion has occupied the small forward spot since being brought in during the 2009 offseason. At 36, his days as a full-time starting small forward should be at an end. With a few good names on the market, expect the Mavs to find a new starting forward to pair next to Dirk. Also, with Carter being 37, the Mavs may go after more than one to fill vacant spots.
Jae Crowder, 23: 4.6 points, 33.1% 3-pt, 2.5 rebounds
Energetic defender who can hit the corner 3. Not the most athletic of small forwards and can’t create for himself or others. Best suited as a reserve.
Luol Deng, 29: 16 points, 30.2% 3-pt, 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists
Versatile player who plays both side of the ball. Great wing defender. Even at only 29, durability is a concern for Deng.
Trevor Ariza, 28: 14.4 points, 40.7% 3-pt, 6.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals
Great 3-D player. Great 3-pt shooter with championship experience. Athletic. Not a great creator.
Gordon Hayward, 24 (RFA): 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.4 steals
Do it all wing. Rebounds, passes, and defends well. Underrated Athleticism. Saw his percentages plummet due to increased responsibility after departures of Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson.
Paul Pierce, 36: 13.5 points, 37.3% 3-pt, 4.6 rebounds
Still a good spot up shooter. Defense, athleticism, and starting shouldn’t be expected from him. Plenty of toughness and experience to offer.
Evan Turner, 25: 14 points, 32.1% 3-pt, 5 rebounds, 3.2 assists
Lost plenty of value after begin traded from Philadelphia. Decent one on one player. Good rebounder. Not a great shooter or defender.
P.J. Tucker, 29: 9.4 rebounds, 38.7% 3-pt shooter, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 steals.
Underrated 3-D player.
Marvin Williams, 27: 9.1 points, 35.9% 3-pt, 5.1 rebounds
Bust number two overall pick has transitioned into a good role player. Improved 3-pt shooter.
Al-Farouq Aminu, 23: 7.2 points, 47.4% fg, 6.2 rebounds, 1 steal
Ahtletic wing who can rebound. Offense nonexistent.
Wesley Johnson, 26: 9.1 points, 36.9% 3-pt, 4.4 rebounds, 1.0 block, 1.1 steal
Amazingly athletic. Improving spot up shooter. Can’t create but excels in the open court.