Why Dallas Mavericks have limited Jaden Hardy’s minutes: 2. Rookie guards rarely help contenders
History suggests that rookie guards struggle with efficiency, turnovers, and poor defense. Adjusting to the speed of an NBA game is difficult, which leads to mistakes. Errors with the ball in your hands result in turnovers and easy transition buckets for the opposition.
Last season for the G League Ignite, Hardy shot 37.6 percent from the field, 30.9 percent on his 3-point tries, and committed 3.36 turnovers per game. Those are ugly numbers. He has made a massive leap to be one of the best scorers in the G League this season, but those efficiency concerns would likely pop back up if given consistent NBA minutes as a 20-year-old rookie.
The Dallas Mavericks want to give him more playing time, and head coach Jason Kidd has made that clear. They realize that it is a balancing act of finding the right spots that do not hurt the team now but help the talented 20-year-old reach his ceiling.
Hardy will make mistakes whenever he gets playing time. Limiting those and finding moments for him to play are important, but the Mavs have played a ton of close games this season which has limited his chances.