13. Olivier-Maxence Prosper
Olivier-Maxence Prosper has had a whirlwind rookie season for the Dallas Mavericks. After expectations were set pretty high for the 21-year-old wing out of Marquette heading into the preseason, many fans were disappointed when Prosper's offensive game looked much more raw than anticipated throughout preseason and early-season action for Dallas.
Prosper has done everything in his power to plow through his rough start as he's been working relentlessly on developing his three-point shot and offensive game. The Mavericks have assigned Prosper to the Texas Legends on a variety of occasions, and just recently re-called him back up to the main roster last Saturday.
Prosper is nearly 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, and he puts those physical gifts to use extremely effectively on defense, as his versatility and effort on the defensive side has been evident even in the games he's played in Dallas. Prosper is averaging 17.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Texas Legends in nine contests this season, and he's shot nearly 35 percent from three-point land in the G-League as well.
Prosper still has a long ways to go in terms of his development as he needs to diversify his arsenal when attacking off the catch and when driving, as a lot of what works for him in the G-League on offense won't work at the NBA level. Prosper's defense is extremely intriguing though, and if he can shoot as well as he is at the G-League level, then perhaps Kidd should consider throwing him into the Mavericks' rotation.
The Mavericks could certainly use a player of Prosper's archetype so only time will tell if he starts to get more minutes. He's been impressive in the G-League and has shown flashes of offensive versatility in the NBA, but he gets a C+ midseason because of the lofty expectations fans had for him heading into the season.