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Mavericks Point Guards: Pound For Pound


We’re talking “bulk.” Weight. Lbs. Those “lbs” caught up to Chandler Parsons and made headlines coming out of day one of Mavericks training camp. Yet, Parsons might not be the only Mav ready to throw around their weight in the ’14-’15 season.

This week, while milling around the house, I received this text from a good friend: “I think the Mavs have the highest pounds to point guard ratio in the league. #FeltonIsFat” Coming from a Blazers fan, I didn’t really give much shine to the statement. Then, like a time bomb, it exploded in my brain. It played over and over in my head, and all I could hear was:

"“I think the Mavs have the highest pounds to point guard ratio in the league. #FeltonIsFat”"

Did the Mavs really gorge during the summer free agent buffet? Had the Knicks trade really added girth to Dallas’ collective PG waist-line? Was it Felton’s fault? Nelson’s fault? Could we use this to our advantage? I had to explore.

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“I’m not fat, I’m just big boned.

  • Contrary to my friend’s fiendish hashtag, a quick look at the leagues premier point guards proved that Felton is NOT fat. Actually, by body mass index (BMI), Kyle Lowry takes the trophy for the leagues largest guard with a BMI of 27.8. Felton did “weigh in” second in with a BMI of 27. Yet, from ’99 to ’08 the average NBA player was “overweight” (a BMI of 25 to 29.9). So, when you consider the entire league is labeled “Rob Kardashian,” the Maverick point guard rotation should be able to choke back a couple extra quarter pounders.

“You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?”

  • Royale. And the way the Mavericks point guards stack up we might want to re-evaluate the metric system. As it stands, in good old pounds, our research confirmed my friend’s text. Compared to the Southwest division, the Mavericks point guards carry the heavyweight title with an average BMI of 25.2. It’s a stark contrast to a “slim” Spurs rotation that comes in with an average BMI of 23.6. Maybe that’s how Greg Popovich has put the Spurs in the top 11 in pace each of the past 3 seasons.

Pushin’ Weight

  • While the Mavs aren’t pushing rhymes like weight, they do have plenty of pounds to throw around. Low post isolation? Weight advantage Mavs. In fact, Nelson shot 53% from the field when shooting from 8 feet away or less. Perhaps, Rick Carlisle can “put on the weight” and use those extra lbs in match-ups that favor point guard girth.

Long story short? The Maverick point guard rotation won’t become the new round mounds of rebound, but, pound for pound, the crew will be a formidable match-up problem for a slim Southwest division.