Grading Willie Cauley-Stein’s time with the Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks needed a center in January after Dwight Powell suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. It did not take them long to find a dance partner. The Mavs traded a second round pick for Willie Cauley-Stein.
The seven-footer had just signed with the Warriors in the 2019 offseason. He started 37 of his 41 games played for Golden State. Cauley-Stein was producing strong numbers too. He averaged 7.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game while shooting 56.0 percent from the field.
His time in Dallas has not gone as planned so far. WCS struggled to find a consistent role after the trade. After averaged just 12.3 minutes per over nine games, he missed seven straight because of a personal issue. Cauley-Stein appeared to be settling into a ten to 15 minutes per game role when the season was suspended because of the novel coronavirus.
The NBA has decided on a restart plan. 22 teams will be playing Orlando to wrap up the 2019-2020 season starting on July 30. Fans can read about why it is the ideal scenario for the Mavericks here.
The stoppage in play provides the perfect opportunity to look back on what we have seen in the Mavs first 67 games. Today, the focus will be Willie Cauley-Stein. We will grade his offensive and defensive production before determining an overall mark for his time with the Dallas Mavericks so far this season.
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