4. Dud - Derrick Jones Jr.
After having one of his best career starts to a season, Derrick Jones Jr. had an off night.
Jones Jr. saw the floor for 17 minutes and shot 0-2 from the field with just one assist.
The lengthy guard did play phenomenal defense on LaMelo Ball in the first half, but the most important thing for the Mavs to have on the floor was their offensive weapons. Jones Jr. was one of the main reasons as to why Ball only had 2 points and shot 1-6 from the field in the opening half.
In his last two games, Jones Jr. has managed to shoot 1-4 from behind the arc. He is clearly a better player when he’s attacking the rim, rather than constantly settling for catch-and-shoot 3-pointers. Jones Jr. is 19-38 from the field this season and is shooting a career-high 34.8 percent from three.
If Jones Jr. continues to struggle and not produce offensively for the Mavericks, expect him to have a defense-only role for this team.
Josh Green has been productive on both sides of the floor lately which could possibly mean a change in the starting lineup soon.
Expect DJJ to have a big role in tonight’s game versus the Orlando Magic, one of the hottest teams in the NBA. If he can accept the role of having to guard the best player on the opposing team each game, Jones Jr. will have no issues staying in the rotation.