NLL Insider - Team by Team: Dallas Mavericks
by breece, updated on Sunday, October 08 2017, 01:19 pm EST
Smart Management – the Dallas Mavericks have cleverly manufactured a team that has the hallmarks of the perfect team re-think. The Mavericks recruited with a wide-spread gaze and a forward thinking mentality. Recruiting Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jerryd Bayless, Fred VanVleet, Nerlens Noel and Allen Crabbe among others. The Mavericks off-loaded to invest in picks which saw smokey select three players in the NLL Draft – Lonzo Ball (2), Jonathan Isaac (8) and Edrice Adebayo (12). Also holding picks multiple picks in upcoming seasons to either add youth or used to bolster trade deals. The reshaping of the Dallas Mavericks roster has been hard fought and praise is given to smokey for being active. The question now stands – Can the Mavericks start bringing home the chocolates in the upcoming season?
The poor season finish by the Dallas Mavericks. Results-wise a season to forget for GM smokey. With 29 wins throughout the season, the Mavericks will be looking to improve on this next season. The Mavericks will be looking to turn things around this season with a list that could be very competitive. Not much cheering was on the cards for the Mav faithful – with the duo of Mudiay and Noel holding the flag for the franchise. However, that was not what this season was about.
The Dallas Mavericks send Shabazz Muhammad to the Orlando Magic. The Milwaukee Bucks send Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to the Dallas Mavericks. The Orlando Magic send DeMarre Carroll to the Milwaukee Bucks.
As the GM smokey has been incredibly active it was hard to select ONE trade that was a standout.
But for me, this one stands out as a great
trade for the Mavs.
Hard to choose the WORST trade.
Other Notable Trades:
A very active season for smokey.
The Dallas Mavericks send Danny Green to
the Washington Wizards. The Washington Wizards send Boris Diaw to
the Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks send Jrue
Holiday to the Detroit Pistons. The Dallas Mavericks send Mike
Dunleavy to the Miami Heat. The Detroit Pistons send Jerryd
Bayless and Fred VanVleet to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks send Nikola
Mirotic to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Oklahoma City Thunder
send Alex Abrines to the Dallas Mavericks.
The Dallas Mavericks send Louis
Williams to the Detroit Pistons. The Detroit Pistons send Henry
Ellenson and Kay Felder to the Dallas Mavericks. The Detroit
Pistons send Kelly Olynyk and Solomon Hill to the Toronto
Raptors. The Toronto Raptors send Joe Johnson to the Detroit
The Dallas Mavericks send Paul Zipser to
the Golden State Warriors. The New York Knicks send Joe Harris to
the Dallas Mavericks.
Best & Worst FA Signing: No Free Agent Signings
The Mavericks have found an all-rounder in Emmanuel Mudiay. While
the season was not all too impressive for the team, they had some shining
lights and it was difficult to split between Mudiay,Noel and Pope.
It will be interesting to see how Mudiay slots into the new-look Mavericks lineup in 2017/18. Will he continue to play the same role – likely not, however he produced solid numbers for the Mavs.
How the picks fell.
The 2017 draft worked out perfectly for smokey.
Draft Report Card:
Rated A – the Mavericks were able to pick up a SG,SF and PF within the top 15 picks of the 2017 draft.
#2 – Lonzo Ball: has already shown his potential and star-caliber in the Summer League as he picked up the Summer League MVP – with averages
#8 – Jonathan Isaac: Jonathan is receiving a lot of game time during the off-season and has posted impressive numbers with consistency. He has huge potential within the Orlando Magic roster and Vogel is looking to provide him with opportunities to develop in the team structure alongside Aaron Gordon.
#12 Edrice Adebayo: Edrice enters the Miami Heat with a new-look role with more emphasise on his Center capabilities. He will likely back-up Kelly Olynyk at Miami however has all the talent and promise to claim the starting role in no-time.
Each of these young rookies could be anything. 1 is already showing how he can light up the court while the two others have the potential to be solid NLL players and provide some real impact minutes for the Dallas Mavericks.
Looking to the Future:
The crystal ball looks a lil smokey – and that’s a good thing.
Upcoming Free Agents:
2. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope(RFA)
3. JR Smith (FA)
Each of these players have been great assets to the Mavericks and provide smokey with real impact in his rotations. Noel and Caldwell-Pope were both regular contributors last season and kept the team up and about. Dallas would be hoping to resign these two to continue their work at the American Airlines Center, and they should. Likewise with JR Smith, his 2k game is strong and allows for plenty of assisting minutes within rotations. These three all compliment the additions that have been made and could give smokey some selection headaches throughout the season to piece together his best squad.