Dallas Mavericks: Who is Josh Reaves and what could he become?

By Noah Rubinstein
Dallas Mavericks Josh Reaves (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Josh Reaves
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The worst-case scenario for Dallas Mavericks wing Josh Reaves

As of now, Josh Reaves is on an affordable contract and has zero expectations. His worst-case scenario is that he never breaks through to the NBA and has a long career in the G-League or overseas. The Mavericks do not have a lot invested in Reaves, so him not working out is not the end of the world.

Reaves could be forced down this path if his shooting does not improve. In his four seasons at Penn State, he hit 43.8 percent from the field and 32.4 percent on his threes. These numbers are almost identical to what he shot in the G-League this year. In Rick Carlisle’s offense, it will be extremely difficult to earn consistent minutes unless he improves his jumper.

If Carlisle plays guys who struggle to shoot around Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the defense has the freedom to double team the stars.

Luckily for Reaves, he is working with the Mavericks coaching and player development. In Dorian Finney-Smith’s rookie year, he shot 29.3 percent from three. He has made steady improvements each year. DFS has connected on 37.7 percent from 3-point range this season.

Playing defense has never been a problem for Reaves. If his shot does not develop, the 23-year-old will be relegated to spot minutes like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. MKG is also a long and agile defender, but his offensive deficiencies make it extremely difficult to play in meaningful games.

There is a place for players who can defend in the NBA. Josh Reaves’ worst-case scenario is playing a deep bench spot in the league.

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