Is Darren Collison the Maverick’s answer at point guard?

Posted: April 22, 2013 by bryanthompson32 in Thoughts

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Now we all know the point guard rotation for the struggling Mavericks was quite perplex in 2012-2013; and the young, snappy point guard in Darren Collison struggled to find an identity in the second half of the season in regards to the signing of Mike James who later on took Collison’s job as a starter.


Here’s a breakdown of the Maverick’s point guard rotation in the regular season as a whole for 2012-2013.

Darren Collison paved the way for the Maverick’s starting point guard duties for most of the season when Dirk Nowitzki was injured.

  • GP=Games played
  • Min=Minutes per game
  • Screenshot captured off of


It was rumored that coach Carlisle and the staff didn’t think Collison was a great fit under the system when Dirk came back.

Collison was averaging 13 points per game on nearly 50% shooting half way into the season until Carlisle signed Mike James. Those seem like great numbers. What’s the deal here?



  • At times when I analyzed Collison’s biggest struggles, it was mainly his lack of controlling tempo and running the team at times. Raw stats don’t always tell the full story for guards.
  • I just knew the coaching staff wrote Collison off most times with struggling to find his wing players when his opponents were set in a 3-2 zone.
  • I also witnessed Carlisle changed the team’s standard pick-and-roll coverages on the fly, I remember Carlisle tried to send all side pick-and-rolls to the baseline instead of having their big men hedge hard and/or chase those ball handlers out toward mid-court; which I think was a negative for Collison who thrived in diming his front-court for easy shots in the post in Indiana.
  • The Mavericks thrived on the mid-range shot the whole season and stats show an average of 3.7 assists led to two-point field goals mainly in the mid-range.
  • Collison and James aren’t skilled penetrators, and Collison’s tendency to pull up from 20 feet even with open space in front of him was maddening. But he showed a bit of off-the-bounce aggression late into the season, and it didn’t take much penetration to suck in a defense and open up those corner 3s.

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If Collison returns:


  • Collison brings a load of athleticism to the squad; and also concluding Collison is playing in the most enduring era of point guards in the game’s history, I wouldn’t mind a speedster that can catch up with the league’s modern guards.
  • Salary. Collison is a restricted free agent this off-season, and the Mavericks could use him off the bench for just a low-paying salary and with a dose of athleticism and shooting.
  •  Penetration. The Mavericks as a whole the past five years have been a rather reluctant team when it comes to penetration in the key. Collison isn’t afraid to drive to the basket or sacrifice his slender frame. Aggressiveness is just what this team needs to improve on.



  •  Gambling in passing lanes. Collison could be labeled as a rather young and learning defender, but goes for too many steals which results into fouls.
  • Even though Collison drives the lane occasionally, he pulls up for 20 foot jumpers more frequently which isn’t a coincidence with the system Carlisle runs. Saying that, Collison isn’t the most effective shooter on the team and his jumpers usually don’t fall.
  • Coach Carlisle isn’t a fan. We all know Carlisle and Collison don’t mesh with their tactics, which led to numerous times of coach getting furious about his decisions on the court constantly.

A final look at Darren Collison’s basic statistics for 2012-2013.


That being said, I highly doubt Collison will return to Dallas this upcoming season, if the Mavericks don’t get a high quantity big man.

But with the front office lingering and shaking up the roster every off-season, I wouldn’t be surprised if Collison returned. I also have some doubts on Coach Carlisle. Carlisle needs to accept the younger generation as a whole someday and needs to learn you can’t thrive on a  of veterans to contend with an extensive amount of veterans to lead you to a contender. According to Mark Cuban and the front-office, this team was supposed to be building for a championship, but the Mavericks are far from the promise land. Adding seven new veterans to the roster every off-season after gambling and failing to land a superstar isn’t the best idea. The Mavericks need to move on to the rebuilding stage and grab young adolescent wing players that fit Rick Calrisle’s mold. Re-signing Collison could be a risk, but if there isn’t any other options, I’d do it in a heartbeat.


You be the judge.












The daily meme

Posted: April 15, 2013 by bryanthompson32 in Memes
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The evolution of Dirk Nowitzki.

Anyone else surprised the Mavericks would miss the playoffs in 2013?

Draft profile: Glenn Robinson III

Posted: April 15, 2013 by bryanthompson32 in NBA Draft
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  • School: Michigan
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 lbs.
  • Wingspan: 6-10


Draft prediction: Mid-First round


Essentials/Grades for position:

  • Fundamentals: B+
  • Basketball I.Q: A-
  • Athletic abilities: A-
  • Team player: A-
  • Overall passing: B-
  • Energy: B+
  • Size: C+
  • Iso offense: B+
  • 1-on-1 offense: C+
  • perimeter defense: B-
  • Passing under break pressure: C-
  • Overall shooting: B-
  • Consistency: B-
  • Stamina: B-
  • Potential: B+


Experience: Freshman

2012-13 Season

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NBA comparison: Trevor Ariza

Glenn Robinson III is what I like to call a rather combo prospect. This guy possesses the traits needed to succeed in this league. Like his father, former NBA player Glenn Robinson, Glenn Robinson III is a reliable scorer, phenomenal team player, and can defend the perimeter at ease.


Robinson III is the ultimate team player; he doesn’t gamble in passing lanes, plays the game with class, proven he can take over games in his freshman year being the number  3 scoring option, versatile small forward who can spread the floor, makes accurate outlet passes for his position, and brings an aggressive play style to his team.


With a stacked team in Mitch McGary, Tim Hardaway Jr.,  and Trey Burke, Michigan was a stacked bunch in Robinson III’s tenure with the Wolverines. That also led to him playing a bit too unselfish. Also, playing on a team where you are the 3rd scoring option for the bunch could also lead to inefficiency. His inefficiency showed time after time at Michigan, but transferring to the NBA, Robinson III can show his abilities and make a name for himself if he indeed gets drafted in Dallas. With an unpredictable starting rotation, coach Carlisle would give the rookie a chance.

Robinson III would fit in quite well with Coach Carlisle’s 2-3 zone-as he was successful in the Michigan Wolverine’s effective team defense in the 2013 NCAA tournament.

Robinson III’s athletic abilities should not go unnoticed either with a 6-10 wing span. Plus, with an acknowledgement of what an actual NBA player possesses in his dad, Robinson III has untamed potential to be a successful starter in this league one day.

But however, with an undersized frame, you just know prospect scouts will write him off in a heartbeat. With a possibility of Robinson III falling to the Mavericks around pick 20, there’s no reason the front office should consider him.

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The Dallas Mavericks when into Houston last night with a hard fought win in Brooklyn.
After one quarter, it was nearly a shoot out, until the Rockets caught fire from behind the arc. Things took a turn for the worse for the Mavericks, letting their division rival score 44 points in just one quarter.

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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.

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

Posted: February 19, 2013 by bryanthompson32 in Thoughts


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



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

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