Heard It Through the Grapevine

Posted by Rob Mahoney on August 14, 2009 under xOther | Be the First to Comment

  • In a survey taken by rookies about rookies, Rodrigue Beaubois was given an honorable mention for best rookie playmaker.  He could be higher, based on his summer league play, but the competition — Jonny Flynn, Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings –is pretty stiff.  Though somewhat inexplicably, Blake Griffin squeezed his way onto the playmaking list with his ballot hegemony.  To someone out there (maybe Taylor Griffin?), it made sense at the time.
  • The Mavs will unveil another alternate road uni at some point prior to the regular season opener, as per Mark ‘Voice of the Mavs’ Followill on Twitter (via Fish at DallasBasketball.com).  Let’s just hope it isn’t Tin Man 2.0.
  • I forgot to pass along this blurb from John Hollinger the other day, from his breakdown of the Western Conference (Insider).  He listed the Mavs as a third tier team (Lakers being the top tier, followed by the Spurs, Blazers, and Nuggets), and had this to say about Dallas: “The Mavs bought when everyone else sold, retaining Jason Kidd and adding Shawn Marion, Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries, Tim Thomas and Quinton Ross this offseason. They are well into the tax and overpaid for Kidd especially (three years and $25 million at 36?), but if paying luxury tax doesn’t bother Mark Cuban then it’s really not a problem. Despite their age, the Mavs will try to play small and fast, with Kidd, Jason Terry, Josh Howard, Marion and Dirk Nowitzki playing as a run-and-gun unit in crunch time. That could give them a puncher’s chance at a playoff upset, but it’s tough to see how they can match up physically against the powerful frontcourts the top contenders possess. Because of Cuban’s willingness to spend, they’re a far more intriguing team a year from now thanks to what may become the league’s most coveted asset: Erick Dampier’s expiring, non-guaranteed $12 million in 2010-11. Casual fans may not realize how valuable this is in the current economy. Next summer a financially struggling team could trade a highly paid player to Dallas for Dampier, waive him immediately and wipe their books totally clean. And given the current economic conditions, I have a feeling some teams will be willing to do it.”
  • The ever-excellent Kevin Pelton analyzes the developmental patterns of point guards compared to other positions, and comes to the following conclusion: “The conclusion, in this case as throughout this column, is that conventional wisdom is correct. Point guards are worse as rookies, they improve more, and their improvement is less predictable than at other positions. I’ve argued in the past that NBA observers are too slow in updating their evaluations of players to reflect their performance early in their NBA careers, but that may not be the case with point guards. We should be slower to come to judgments on point guards, and give them more of an opportunity to prove themselves.”  Keep that in mind while watching Monsieur Beaubois next season. (via Bret LaGree of Hoopinion)
  • Why Jerry Stackhouse doesn’t regret getting dunked on by John Wall.
  • The Mavs were apparently in the running for the services of Leon Powe, and that’s good enough for me.  Cleveland and Boston would both have likely been more attractive destinations, but the fact that the Mavs gave it the ol’ college try eases my mind.