Dallas Mavericks: Which player takes the final roster spot?
By Arsal Hussain
With the Dallas Mavericks signings of Daryl Macon (two-way) and Devin Harris, they are down to the final roster spot. Who’s the player to take the contract?
The Dallas Mavericks recently signed Ding Yanyuhang, Ryan Broekhoff, and Terry Larrier. All of these contracts are non guaranteed or low salaries, meaning they all have a chance to snag the last roster spot opening in Dallas or be cut.
The Mavericks are in need of a shooting wing with the departures of Seth Curry and Doug McDermott. We’ll have to take a closer look at each of them during training camp and the preseason, but let’s have a first glance at them shall we?
This name should sound familiar to most Mavs fans. Ding was a Maverick earlier. It just was in the 2017 Summer League. Yanyuhang was in fact cheered on by the crowd every second the ball touched his hands. Unfortunately, his stats didn’t look worthy to teams for even a training camp deal.
Since then, he returned to play with the Shandong Golden Stars of the CBA. At the end of the season, he was named Domestic MVP for the second time in a row. The Brooklyn Nets offered him a two-way deal, but he instead returned to China to miss this year’s Summer League, according to NetsDaily.
The Chinese superstar would give the fans some enthusiasm, but I honestly don’t see any reason for this actually to work out. Yanyuhang averaged 25.9 points per game with 34 percent shooting behind the arc, but played an eye-popping 37.6 MPG for that to be possible. It might be possible that the Mavericks signed him to play with the Texas Legends after the preseason. Time will tell.
The former Huskies guard went undrafted this year. He went on to play with the Grizzlies for one game in the Summer League and the Mavericks for two. In all three games played, Larrier averaged a mere 0.7 points per game in only 5.7 minutes a night. Not much for a first impression.
Larrier has the least likely chance. Like Ding, he was most likely signed to fill the 20 man training camp spot and afterward invited to join the Texas Legends.
The Aussie might have the best qualifications for the last roster spot. In Russia with Lokomotiv Cuban, Broekhoff averaged 12.3 points per game on a very impressive 50.6 percent shooting. Just seeing it be over .500 blew me away. This is the man the Mavericks want.
The spot up shooting of Broekhoff is all that verifies it. He is precisely who the Mavericks want to sign. At 6″7, he can play at the two, three, and four. He fits perfectly in Rick Carlisle’s rotation as the perfect three-and-D option.
The Verdict: Ryan Broekhoff
Ding! Ding! Ding! Of course, that doesn’t mean for the Chinese star. Broekhoff is the type of player who the Mavericks can use to forget Curry and McDermott easily. We’ll have to see it to believe it, though.