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+

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