Grades for every Dallas Mavericks player ahead of the trade deadline

Dec 6, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates with Dallas
Dec 6, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates with Dallas / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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14. Richaun Holmes

Richaun Holmes has been far less of a contributor for the Dallas Mavericks this season than many would've initially expected. Most fans expected Holmes to at least have a role as a solid backup big-man on the roster but the 30-year-old center has only played in 21 games all season for the Mavericks.

Holmes lack of playing time can be attributed to a variety of factors. For one, many didn't expect Dereck Lively II to ascend into a starting caliber center right off the bat. That alone hasn't kept Holmes out of the lineup though, as Jason Kidd has routinely opted to play small-ball or has inserted Dwight Powell into the lineup instead of going to Holmes.

Now that Maxi Kleber is back in the rotation, minutes seem even harder to come by for Holmes, though he has gotten a little bit of time in Dallas' last three contests. Holmes has shown flashes of being a dynamic role man and rebounder, as he posted 16 points and eight rebounds in a late December contest against Houston.

Holmes has had stretches where he's looked pretty rough as a rim protector for Dallas, but he's been a sound positional defender at the five spot for Dallas when he's gotten the opportunity. While Holmes may not be the same player that he was in his Sacramento days, it's odd that Kidd completely strays away from him at times given the decent production we've seen from him on the court.

Holmes hasn't had a significant role for Dallas this season and Mavs' minority owner Mark Cuban set hefty expectations for him heading into the season, so for now he lands at a D-.

Looks less dynamic offensively compared to previous seasons, but has shown flashes. Hasn't gotten many opportunities this year, only played in 20 out of 46 games this year. Richaun Holmes. midseason grades 14. D-