What Would the Mavs Look Like if Players Stayed Close to Home?
The Dallas Mavericks have had a history of pursuing players from the DFW area in hopes that they will want to return to their roots some and play for the hometown. It hasn’t worked very well but what if teams in the NBA were just made that way?
Sometimes, it is hard to look past the excitement of the NBA summers, and that is not surprising one bit. The ambiguous nature of the draft where you can get a total stud or a total bust at any point of the draft takes a toll on our emotions and free agency can often do the exact same thing…especially if you’re a Mavs fan.
To help take your mind off of the craziness that the Mavericks schedule will be for the next little while, I wanted to do a piece about how the Dallas Mavericks would look if all the players were either born or raised locally. This is relevant also because of how many times Mark Cuban and the staff have tried to convince free agents to come back to their hometown to play.
It has not worked so far but it is interesting that the hometown thing is used so much by the Mavs. I decided to investigate a little bit and learn more about who the Mavs could pursue as a hometown player in the future or who they never did pursue despite being from pretty close.
With that in mind, the following is a possible depth chart of how the Mavericks would look with a homegrown roster. It turned out pretty alright in my opinion.
PG- Emmanuel Mudiay, Deron Williams, Phil Pressey
SG- Marcus Smart, Mike Dunleavy Jr., Grant Hill
SF- C.J. Miles, Darrell Arthur, Pascal Siakam
PF- Myles Turner, Julius Randle, Quincy Acy
C- LaMarcus Aldridge, Chris Bosh, Joel Bolomboy
Alright so admittedly it was more difficult to fill out a roster than I thought it was going to be, but still for the most part this team wouldn’t be too dang bad. Much like the Mavs right now, there really aren’t any remaining bonafide All-Stars on the team but a lot of really good role players. That is important for a team.
What would really hurt the team is scoring. Myles Turner, Marcus Smart, and LaMarcus Aldridge would carry the bulk of the scoring but, if Chris Bosh is healthy, this team takes a big stride and has one of the best bench units in the league. Obviously Joel Bolomboy and Pascal Siakam were stretches a little bit. Oh, and the retired Grant Hill also.
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No matter what the case, this is just a fun post to get us thinking about the kind of talent that the Dallas area puts out to the NBA. Maybe not the top of the line, but these guys are dang good players and Dallas should be proud of the talent that it creates. Now to just convince some of these players to come join the squad…