Case for the Dallas Mavericks signing Carmelo Anthony to fill their final roster spot
The Mavs have arguably the league’s best shot creator in Luka Doncic, but they are a bit light in that area after departure of Jalen Brunson. Head coach Jason Kidd plans to start Spencer Dinwiddie next to Doncic in the backcourt, but he will have to stagger their minutes to keep a playmaker on the floor at all times.
Tim Hardaway Jr. can create shots for himself, and Christian Wood is an underrated passer for a big man, but those are the only two other players that can orchestra an open look. The Mavericks need a third-string point guard, but the free agent market has all but dried up.
Carmelo averaged 13.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals, and 0.8 blocks in 26.0 minutes per game last season. Over the last three seasons combined, Anthony has made 38.9 percent of his 3-point attempts, and the 6’7 forward can still go get a bucket.
Having another professional scorer on the roster would come in handy, especially when the team suffers an injury. The Mavericks will need someone that can create a shot to step up. They only have four players that can get a bucket right now, and that might not be enough, especially in the loaded Western Conference.