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Point Guard Potential Carousel Looming for Dallas Mavericks

Mar 17, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) drives to the net during the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 17, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Yogi Ferrell (11) drives to the net during the second quarter of the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports /
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With their sights set on drafting a point guard, the Dallas Mavericks have a potential ‘dark cloud’ forming at the position. What will happen to the numerous guards who already put on the Mavs uniform?

It’s been no secret that the Dallas Mavericks are looking for the next point guard of the future. The free agent signing of Harrison Barnes and the trade for Nerlens Noel set the Mavericks in  motion for a youthful movement going forward. With free agency around the corner, pieces are added and subtracted to benefit the overall consistency of the team.

But, the search for the next point guard is top priority.  The Mavericks are in desperate need to find a facilitator who can orchestrate Rick Carlisle’s system. And with their focus on the NBA Draft in a few weeks, the elephant in the room has yet to be discussed.

Dec 30, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; From left to right, Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) and guard Devin Harris (34) and guard J.J. Barea (5) laugh on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 30, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; From left to right, Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews (23) and guard Devin Harris (34) and guard J.J. Barea (5) laugh on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

The Mavericks lack a pass first, visionary general on the floor. The historic efforts of Jason Kidd proved a guy who can see the floor with precision is critical to success in the league. We’ve seen in recent years how Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry and others have been able to constantly bring their respective teams to the playoffs.

Even the San Antonio Spurs had Avery Johnson.

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Still, the question looms if the Dallas Mavericks draft a point guard, who will stay and who will go?

To fully understand the situation, let’s look at the position itself on the roster. Currently, the Mavericks have J.J. Barea, Devin Harris, Seth Curry and Yogi Ferrell staffed at point guard. Each can utilize their particular sets of skills, work ethic and hustle. Each can produce in their own way when called into the game. Unfortunately, drafting a point guard may cause the Mavericks to decide if shedding a few contracts will be beneficial.

Barea provides a spark off the bench, a sense of hustle and tenacity. Yogi does the same with less mileage.  Drafting a point guard may cause Yogi to move up to the backup spot leaving questions for Barea. Harris is possibly released, leaving Seth in the mix. Adding a point guard gives the Mavericks a rotation between Wes, Yogi and Seth that Rick Carlisle can use at guard.

It ultimately comes down to what will be the best fixture for the team in the future. Finding a young guy who can quickly implement the system by Coach Carlisle, able to read defenses like a Dr. Seuss book, and able enough to produce is key.

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The Mavericks can’t afford to let this time slip through their fingers. They should do whatever is necessary to bring the team back to playoff prominence.

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