Dallas Mavericks grades for the first 30 percent of the season
Dallas Mavericks grades after 30 percent of the season: Kemba Walker
The Mavs released Facundo Campazzo and signed Walker in late November as they continue to search for a trusted third ball-handler and playmaker. The four-time All-Star hadn’t played in an NBA game since February, and he needed some time to get in game shape.
Kemba played in his first game with the Mavericks on Dec. 10 where he went for eight points and five assists in 20 minutes of action. Walker proved that he can organize the offense and make plays, despite no longer being at his peak.
Incomplete is the only fair grade for Kemba Walker because he has played in just one game. The 32-year-old will get opportunities to make an impact this season, but fans should not expect too much.
Dallas Mavericks grades after 30 percent of the season: Theo Pinson
The Mavs brought Pinson back for his locker room presence and off-the-court impact. The 6’5 wing has played just 27 minutes through the first 26 games, and he has always been limited to mop-up duties.
Pinson is still rowdy and making a presence from the bench, despite his limited on-court impact. He is providing exactly what the Mavericks wanted, and that earns him a solid C grade.
Dallas Mavericks grades after 30 percent of the season: Frank Ntilikina
Ntilikina was injured to begin the regular season, and he has never quite been able to crack the rotation. The 6’4 wing is not a primary ball-handler and playmaker, but he offers plus defense. That is useful as an end-of-the-bench option that head coach Jason Kidd can use to change a game.
Ntilikina has played just 65 minutes so far this season. He is out of the nightly rotation, but there are still reasons coach Kidd may decide to put him in the game. The French Prince earns a C-minus for his contributions thus far, and he must earn more playing time to improve his grade.