Best and worst-case scenarios for Mavericks bench next season

The Dallas Mavericks bench has plenty of offensive firepower, but how much will they struggle on the defensive end?
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The Dallas Mavericks may or may not be done making moves this offseason.

Recent rumors have linked Dallas to free agent Kelly Oubre Jr. Our own Noah Weber discussed the impact he would have on the Mavs bench if he were signed. Other rumors have stated the team's interest in Derrick Jones Jr.

Signing one of the two players would be huge for Dallas, as it would give the team an extra scorer off the bench or a wing defender they can lean on.

While the Mavs' bench may be an unfinished product, it doesn't hurt to look at strengths and weaknesses. What role might guys like Seth Curry and Jaden Hardy might play?

Here are some possible outcomes for the Mavericks' bench man rotation:

Best case scenario for Mavericks bench

Right now, the Mavs bench is loaded with a bunch of scoring. Players like Curry, Hardy, and Tim Hardaway Jr. all have the ability to rack up points when called upon.

Hardaway Jr. is probably the most proficient scorer of the three. Last season, he averaged 12.1 points off the bench while shooting 37.2% from the field. In the final month of the season, he averaged 20.3 points and made 57% of his shot attempts. While his role may be undecided, I believe he would come off the bench if he returns.

Curry is also slated to make a significant impact. The returning Mav was lethal behind the arc last season, knocking down 40.5% of his attempts. In Game 1 of the playoffs, he made 66.7% of his threes, scoring 10 points in 16 minutes. Throwing in Curry with Hardaway Jr. would allow the team to rest Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, as they could provide valuable offensive minutes.

As for Hardy, the team got a glimpse of him this summer and what he'll be able to provide. In three games of Summer League action, he averaged 23.0 points. Compared to the two players above, he can do it all: shoot threes, attack the basket, and find the open man. He did an excellent job executing the pick & roll game with rookie Dereck Lively II in Summer League.