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Dallas Mavericks: Why is Tyrell Terry not in the rotation?

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The Dallas Mavericks through 20 games continue their best Jekyll and Hyde impression now standing 8-11 with a 2-8 record since their four-game win streak.

Health and safety protocols have left their mark on the roster with Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Maxi Kleber, and Dwight Powell all missing multiple weeks of action. It pushed coach Rick Carlisle to get more creative with his lineups. The Mavs are still struggling to get everyone back and firing on all cylinders.

One notable absence amongst all the new opportunity is the teams’ 2020 second-round pick, Tyrell Terry.

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Does Tyrell Terry have a case to be in the Dallas Mavericks rotation?

Coming into the year, Terry profiled as a high IQ player with a stellar shooting stroke that had the potential to fill the void left by Seth Curry. Signs of a strong contributor remain from the 20-year-old.

Why has Terry played just 51 minutes in the first quarter of the season? He has appeared in nine games with his highest minute total coming in a loss to the Bulls in garbage time. Terry had four points and two steals in 15 minutes on 50 percent shooting from the field. The 6’2 guard has yet to hit a single 3-pointer in seven attempts.

It is a small sample, but there is cause for concern. Let us look at some of the Dallas Mavericks depth and positional pieces to string together a case for why Tyrell Terry is not getting any meaningful playing time so far.

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