Dallas Mavericks: Salah Mejri working hard to improve this offseason
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks big man Salah Mejri is entering his fourth season with the team, and he has been in Dallas working hard this month.
The Dallas Mavericks decided to bring back another familiar face when they re-signed big man Salah Mejri to a one-year deal. The seven-footer has experience with the Mavs but has never averaged more than 12.4 minutes per game for a season. Mejri signed to a minimum deal according to Spotrac.
The big man from Tunisia has to fight for his roster spot this season. The Mavericks have a glut of center options, and Mejri cannot effectively play any other position. DeAndre Jordan and Dirk figure to play the majority of the minutes at the five this season. The front office also filled their roster for training camp, so despite his guaranteed contract, Mejri has competition from the non-guaranteed players.
Hitting the gym
Salah Mejri is working hard to keep his place. A simple check of his Twitter (@50Mejri) shows him hitting the gym almost every day. There is a specific post that is worth highlighting, though.
Working on a jumper?
Mejri posted a photo on Aug. 26 where he looks to be lining up to shoot a jump shot. You can see the picture for yourself here.
That is notable because he shot a total of nine jump shots all of last season according to Synergy. He made just two of those as well. Expanding his range would be a significant growth to his game at a time where Mejri needs to improve to be an every night part of the rotation for the Mavericks. His shooting is something to watch during the lead up to the regular season. Stay tuned.
Salah Mejri is working hard this month to be ready for the upcoming season. The Dallas Mavericks big man is going to play for his national team before he heads to training camp with the Mavs. Mejri should be in shape and ready next month.
The biggest threat to Mejri’s roster spot with Dallas is Ding Yanyuhang or any wing that gets cut by another NBA team. The Mavs are light on shooting, and they could use another capable body that handles guarding two through four on the defensive end. Mejri is likely to remain with the Mavericks all season but watch his play closely during the preseason.
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