Dallas Mavericks grade going into All-Star break: Trey Burke
Burke signed a three-year deal with the Mavs after his incredible performance inside the bubble. He gives the team outstanding guard depth, but the breakout season from Jalen Brunson has limited his playing time. Burke can still get buckets and space the floor.
First-half grade for Dallas Mavericks guard Trey Burke: C+
Burke will have to hit more shots and be a sparkplug off the bench to get more minutes. Coach Carlisle has faith that Burke will step up and produce if Dallas needs him.
Dallas Mavericks grade going into All-Star break: Willie Cauley-Stein
The Mavs have a defensive rating of 106.7 with Cauley-Stein on the floor. Their net rating sits at 8.3 with Trill, but negative-2.8 when he is on the bench. The Mavericks are a better team with Cauley-Stein in the lineup. The biggest improvement is in the team’s rim protection.
First-half grade for Dallas Mavericks big man Willie Cauley-Stein: B+
The grade would be higher, but there is a reason Trill only averages 17.3 minutes per game. Coach Carlisle is not afraid to take Cauley-Stein out of the game if he is not being effective. He has done well finding the proper minutes and maximizing his effectiveness. Expect Cauley-Stein to make a positive impact after the All-Star break too.
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