Case for the Dallas Mavericks keeping Eugene Omoruyi
Omoruyi played just 18 minutes for the Mavs this season, and he was limited to strictly mop-up duties, but the 6’7 forward was a key piece of the Texas Legends roster. He averaged 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 0.8 steals in 25.3 minutes per game. Those numbers are deflated a bit by Omoruyi suffering his season-ending toe injury just two minutes into the game on Dec. 15.
Finding 6’7 players that have the quickness and foot speed to guard on the perimeter plus the size to defend inside is difficult, but Omoruyi fits that profile. He is 244 pounds, according to Basketball-Reference. His athleticism and physical profile are intriguing.
Omoruyi hustles on the court too. He is going to fight for loose balls and box out his man. Those little things go unnoticed in the stat sheet but are massive when trying to win games.
There were massive performances too. Omoruyi had a 33-point double-double against the Memphis Hustle on Nov. 18. He also went for 20 points and 11 rebounds against the Greensboro Swarm on Nov. 26. Impressive stat lines are always a sign of potential, but there have been plenty of drawbacks from his time with the Dallas Mavericks too.