Archive for February, 2013

Dirk Nowitzki was asked about retirement plans the other day, on a local news report, and he himself, the great German was questioning how much he has left in his body.    Now that interview may or may not have provoked fear into some, or all Mavs’ fans after hearing that, but let’s be honest here, it’s not something that should come as  a surprise to anybody, we knew, that realistically, the 2011 Mavericks championship run was likely Dirk’s last shot, his last- realistic shot at glory, and this is whether or not Mark Cuban did have anything to do with “blowing up the Mavericks Championship roster”.       Though not even I can lie, that was a good team, and  when Nowitzki had his off-games in the Finals, and he did, he had his backup to count on.    In the monkey killer of  game 6,  Nowitzki struggled to look even okay.     He had backup; he  had Jason Terry.    The Mavericks, in case you have been living under a rock, no longer have Terry, anymore.    He’s not the only one they lost.      – –  –    And it shouldn’t take rocket science to figure out why others decided to leave the team.         A leader was aging, and hey, I guess you can’t completely blame them for leaving, they knew he didn’t have too much gas left.

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Ranking every player on the Mavericks for the first half of season

Posted: February 19, 2013 by bryanthompson32 in Thoughts

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1. OJ Mayo B+

It seemed as if Mayo caught fire when Dirk went out for most of the season with his knee injury. He’s clearly been the team’s scoring option for most of the season.

 

2. Shawn Marion B+

Marion saved the Mavericks with his fundamentals and attributes. Marion hasn’t got the credit he’s deserved this season, and his stat sheet for this year shows it.

 
3. Dirk Nowitzki B-

Now don’t get me wrong, Dirk hasn’t been 100% all season long, but when he’s played, his jump shot and skills weren’t the same as it was before.

 
4. Darren Collison B-

Collison has been the Maverick’s fuel for the team’s ball movement, and has given the team some athleticism and a case for his will to drive to the basket. While Collison has been inconsistent so far, he’s shown flashes of his inner Tony Parker; a facilitator with a reliable jump shot and has branded a pick and roll duo with his teammate Brandan Wright.

 

5. Vince Carter B-

The most underrated all around player on the Mavericks is Vince Carter. He’s the one player I have the out most respect for. If you just watch this veteran do the things he does at the wrong side of 30, you’d understand. He’s been the main court general for most of the Maverick’s set plays this season and is a valuable veteran asset to this team this season.

 
6. Brandan Wright B-

Another Maverick that doesn’t get enough recognition is the young, adolescent Forward Brandan Wright. Just a couple stats:  20.08 PER (Player Efficiency Rating); which leads the team, averages the least amount of turnovers on team (7.29). Wright should be referred to as the most versatile big man on the team. He’s been the Maverick’s best defensive anchorman all season long in the front-court, but here’s a catch: He only averages 15 minutes per game. If he was used a little more, he’d be the starting Center for the team, or rather the 6th man.

 
7. Elton Brand C+

Brand has shown his consistency this season, but the catch is, he hasn’t been an important asset to the team. The mavericks average a defensive efficiency of 104.1; which ranks 19th in the league. Most of those points come from other team’s monstrous, athletic front-courts. Most of the time, it’s clear to see what the other team’s game plan against the Mavericks; Pound the front-court. Neither Brand, Kaman, or Dirk have that modern attribute of aggressiveness under the rim which is part of the result of a losing record.

 

8. Chris Kaman C+

Kaman has shined on the offensive end for the Mavericks, but hasn’t lived up to his expectations on an $8 million dollar contract for 1 year. His offensive game is similar to Dirk’s but Dirk likes to isolate more. But however, Kaman is the weakest defender on this squad.

 
9. Jae Crowder C+

For the most inconsistent player of the first half of the season, this award goes to Jae Crowder. It’s no secret that the Mavericks grabbed the stud from Marquette for his defense, but the rookie has an inconsistent jump shot.

 

10. Bernard James C+

The 27 year old lengthy Center from Florida State has become a valuable young asset to the team’s hustle and more on the defensive end.

 

Other rankings:

11. Dahntay Jones C+
12. Jared Cunningham C-
13. Roddy Beaubois C-
14. Mike James D+
15. Dominique Jones D+

Draft profile: Phil Pressey

Posted: February 12, 2013 by bryanthompson32 in NBA Draft
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Draft profile: Phil Pressey

Information:

 

School: Missouri
Position: Point Guard
Experience: Junior
Height: 5’11” Weight: 178 lbs.
Wingspan: 6’3″

Draft prediction: Late 2nd round

Essentials/Grades for position:
Fundamentals: B-
Basketball I.Q: D+
Court Vision: B+
Floor General: B-
Overall passing: B+
Quickness: A-
Transition Defense: C+
Pick & Roll defense: C-
Perimeter Defense: C+
Perimeter Shooting: B+
Drive to the basket: A-
Shoot off dribble: B-
Shoot in traffic: D+
Overall Efficiency: B-
Potential: C+
Overall Grade: B-

NBA comparison: Patrick Beverly

Phil Pressey is one of my favorite prospects in this year’s or next year’s draft. The Mavs could use scoring and a hustler off the bench. Rodrigue Beaubois is inconsistent, Brandan Wright needs a reliable pick & roll buddy, and overall, it’s time to collect some prospects for the future.
The potential in Pressey might be a concern with his size, but in the past few years, the point guard position has evolved into the greatest position of this generation. Pressey has all the fundamentals and attributes to develop into a reliable dimer and floor general off the bench. Size doesn’t prove anything.

Stats: 2012/2013
12.6 ppg, 6.9 apg, 1.7 spg, 3.7 topg

Hoop mix-tapes:

The Dallas Mavericks have still shown a tad bit of absence in the 4th quarter of last night’s game against the Hawks, as they lost 105-101. Josh Smith of the Hawks had huge night and violated the paint coming with an expense on the Maverick’s defense with 26 pts, 13 rebs, 6 assists.

 

Draft profile: Patric Young

Posted: February 12, 2013 by bryanthompson32 in NBA Draft
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Draft profile: Patric Young

Height: 6’8″ Weight: 250 lbs.
Class: Junior
College: Florida

Patric Young would benefit a team like the Mavericks mostly because this Mavs team doesn’t have the aggressiveness this man possesses. We all miss Brandon Bass and what he did for us on the stat sheet. Patric Young is a similar player and can contend with the modern, athletic Forward in today’s game.

Ratings:

Fundamentals: C-
Rebounding: B+
Post Dexterity: C+
Physical Abilities: A-
Physical Frame: A-
Isolation scoring: D+
Post resistance: A-
Perimeter defense: D+
Potential: B-
Shot blocking: A-

Overall Grade: B-

Statistics:

2012-2013:
10.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.9 apg

Hoop Mix-tapes:

Dallas would get lucky if they picked him up late in the second round, considering they dropped their 1st round draft pick in the Lamar Odom trade 2 years back.