3 studs, 2 duds in Mavericks’ season opener win against Spurs

Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs
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4. Dud - Derrick Jones Jr.

One of the more exciting pickups of the offseason for Maverick fans was Derrick Jones Jr.

No one really had expected for him to start after Josh Green signed his new contract extension deal, but you never know with Jason Kidd.

In his debut with the Blue and White, Jones Jr. struggled going 0-3 from the field and 1-2 from the free-throw line, finishing with just one point and one rebound in 12 minutes of play. Although the 6-foot-6 forward started, it was clear to the coaching staff that he was not making much of an impact whatsoever on both sides of the floor.

One of the main reasons Jones Jr. was brought onto the Mavericks was due to his capability of being able to guard multiple positions. After the season opener, he has left many fans in question of whether or not he will make an impact for this team.

If Jones Jr. can find a way to shoot from behind the 3-point line at a higher percentage consistently, then he may see solid minutes in the rotation. After the win on the road against the Spurs, it’s seemingly clear that Josh Green will start against the Brooklyn Nets in the home opener on Friday.