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

Dallas Mavericks Tyrell Terry (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Tyrell Terry (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks guard Tyrell Terry is on a rookie leash

In his tenure with the Dallas Mavericks, coach Rick Carlisle has proven he favors playing his vets over rookies. However, he has shown a change in recent years with players like Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith Jr., and Yogi Ferrell. Carlisle played current Mavericks Dorian Finney-Smith 20.3 and Jalen Brunson 21.8 minutes per game as rookies.

This isn’t to say Carlisle was wrong to trust his vets, the logic behind trusting experienced players has strong merit. Rookies need time to adjust from college to the NBA. They must learn the playbook, understand schemes, and adapt to the speed of the game. Some take longer than others to figure it out.

Josh Green is the only rookie from the 2020 draft who has earned significant playing time. Green has adapted his game and learned on the fly. That is not a knock on Terry on any of the other rookies on the roster.

The 6’2 guard has not given coach Carlisle any reason to change his mind in his limited playing time. The 2011 NBA champion coach recognizes that to win means putting his best guys out on the floor, and most of the time, the rookies aren’t the answer.

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