Dallas Mavericks: Are There Advantages to Rookies Riding the Bench?
The Dallas Mavericks are a team full of talented and unproven rookies this year. Are there any benefits to the team keeping them on the active roster as opposed to getting minutes in the D-League?
The NBA is a very intriguing league when it comes to utilizing the resources around you. With a D-League affiliate working with each individual NBA team, players are allowed to be brought up and sent down throughout the season. However, most teams do not utilize this much during the season.
In Major League Baseball, the developmental system is key to players getting the proper amount of time before hitting the pros. Many players take years and years to make it all the way to the MLB while others never make it at all.
Even in the NFL they make you play a few years of college football before bringing up to the big leagues.
That being said, are the Dallas Mavericks under-utilizing the D-League for all the rookies on the roster this season? I personally don’t think so.
Here are a few reasons why players like Dorian Finney-Smith, Nicolas Brussino, Pierre Jackson, and even Jonathan Gibson and A.J. Hammons have benefited from their time with the Mavericks throughout their respective rookie seasons.