Apr 26, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; A view of the opening tipoff in the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs. at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Breaking down the Dallas Mavericks bench: who is the cream of the crop?
Probably better than any in the league at getting the very most out of his roster, the Dallas Mavericks’ Rick Carlisle has had one of the most consistent benches in the league under his command over the years. From Jason Terry, Brendan Haywood, and Vince Carter to Brandan Wright, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jae Crowder, the team has managed to extract as much as they can get from these high productive groups for several years.
The Dallas bench units’ reputation has been solid, evidenced by their consistency throughout the last five years. Dallas’ reserve unit has missed out on the top-six in point production only once in that span – last year sitting at 10th. In fact, last year’s Dallas Mavericks still averaged a hair more points per game (36.0) than the previous 2013-14 season (35.7), that saw them sit comfortably at sixth, per HoopsStats.com.
But the best bench personnel doesn’t necessarily mean the highest-scoring player. It might be a rim protector, tenacious perimeter defender, or even the most versatile one.
With the look of the team starting to round into shape entering the training camp this fall, it’s clear enough now to take an in-depth journey and find Dallas’ best reserve player.
Note that we only put up nine names here, leaving one spot open. We highly expect that JaVale McGee will fill that spot in the near future. But we’ll get to that later. Also rookies Satnam Singh and Maurice Ndour will not make the list here. While having plenty of upside, we don’t see them making any immediate impact for the team.
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