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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 $26 million dollars in cap room (Pre-Nowitzki signing new deal), the Mavericks have a great opportunity to improve the 49-33 roster.
A once deep position with Jose Calderon, Devin Harris, Shane Larkin, and Gal Mekel, is now a position of need. After shipping Calderon and Larkin out and Harris a free agent, Raymond Felton and Mekel are the lone Mavs point guards.
Kyle Lowry, 28: 17.9 points, 42.3% fg, 38.0% 3-pt, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 turnovers
Tough and physical attacking guard. Great rebounder for a pg. Turnover prone. Score first mentality can lead to over aggressiveness.
Eric Bledsoe, 24 (RFA): 17.7 points, 47.7% fg, 35.7% 3-pt, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 3.3 turnovers
Amazing athlete and physical specimen. Thrives in the open court and attacking the basket. Great defensive guard. Off the dribble shooting needs improvement. Can be a turnover machine. Plays both guard spots.
Isaiah Thomas, 25 (RFA): 20.3 points, 34.9% 3-pt, 6.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 3.0 turnovers
Score first point guard. Size leaves him vulnerable on the defensive end. Even though small, he can finish inside. Turnover prone. Can heat up at any moment.
Jameer Nelson, 32: 12.1 points, 34.8% 3-pt, 7 assists, .8 steals, 2.4 turnovers
Good in pick-n-roll. Decent 3-pt shooter, but struggles everywhere else. Veteran presence.
Shaun Livingston, 28: 8.3 points, 48.3% fg, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals
Great size for a point guard. Can play both guard spots. Doesn’t offer much on from the perimeter. Better guarding shooting guards than point guards.
Steve Blake, 34: 6.9 points, 37.6% 3-pt, 5.6 assists, 1.9 turnovers
Good three-point shooter. Pass first. Not quick enough to stay with fast attacking guards. Underrated competitor.
Mario Chalmers, 27: 9.8 points, 38.5% 3-pt, 4.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.2 turnovers
Plenty of championship experience. Good 3-pt shooter. Good defender. Averages too many turnovers for a third/fourth option.
Greivis Vasquez, 27 (RFA): 9.6 points, 37.7% 3-pt, 4.1 assists, 1.6 turnovers
Good 3-pt shooter. Can play both guard spots on offense. Defense isn’t a strong suit. Score first mentality.
Avery Bradley, 23 (RFA): 14.9 points, 39.5% 3-pt, 1.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals
Great defensive guard who can guard both spots. Not a true point guard. Improved three-point shooter. Not much of a one on one player. Best attacking the basket. Injury prone.
Devin Harris, 31: 7.9 points, 30.7% 3-pt, 4.5 assists, .7 steals
Deron Williams, 29: 14.3 points, 45% fg, 36.6% 3-pt, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.2 turnovers
Former All-Star and franchise point guard who’s game has been in a steep decline since singing a 5-year-$100 million contract. At his best was a top 3 point guard, while he shows flashes of his former self, he’s lucky to crack the top 10 now.
Rajon Rondo, 28: 11.7 points, 40.3% fg, 9.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.3 turnovers
Pass first point guard. Great at attacking and probing the defense. Capable of big scoring nights but lack of jump shot make it rare. Coming off of knee surgery. Smart and tough. Great on defense and won’t back down from anyone (including LeBron James). Would require plenty of assets to pry him away from Boston.