Rank Them: Small Forwards

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 26, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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With five days until free agency begins, it’s time to officially start naming names as ideal targets for free agency. This week, The Two Man Game will go through each position and determine who appears to be ideal fits for the Mavs.

Money is always an issue, but the Mavs will have their share of cap space to work with.

Meshing all the pieces is just as important of a part of deciding on the pieces. The number one option at shooting guard might not be an ideal match with the number one option at small forward. These rankings will be solely on my own projections. A quick blurb from Editor-in-Chief Rob Mahoney’s free agency primer on the SI.com’s Point Forward will be mentioned for each player.

The small forward position represents the strong position for the Mavs in terms of depth. That said, Shawn Marion, Vince Carter and Jae Crowder could easily be moved in a perfect trade comes.

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Rank Them: Shooting Guards

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 25, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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With six days until free agency begins, it’s time to officially start naming names as ideal targets for free agency. This week, The Two Man Game will go through each position and determine who appears to be ideal fits for the Mavs.

Money is always an issue, but the Mavs will have their share of cap space to work with.

Meshing all the pieces is just as important of a part of deciding on the pieces. The number one option at shooting guard might not be an ideal match with the number one option at small forward. These rankings will be solely on my own projections. A quick blurb from Editor-in-Chief Rob Mahoney’s free agency primer on the SI.com’s Point Forward will be mentioned for each player.

Let’s look at the free agent options at the shooting guard position.

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Specific Gravity

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Specific Gravity

Sometime between now and June 30th, the Mavericks will have to decide whether or not to extend Darren Collison a qualifying offer — a provision that would bring Collison back for one more season at a cost of just over $3 million. Projecting out from when he arrived in Dallas last summer, this decision would have seemed like a no brainer. $3 million is a paltry sum to pay for a reliable rotation player in the NBA, especially one with youth and room for growth on their side. But the current decision has become complicated, due largely to the way he has so thoroughly shed the cloak of potential. Up until this season, Collison’s identity as a player has been more tied to his possibilities than to the present player running up and down the court. The bubble has burst, and Collison has arrived at the career plateau where evaluations of him as a basketball player must be based on what is rather than what could be.

Most players who carry the weight of potential arrive in the NBA with that luggage fully packed. But not Collison. His phantasmal future was almost entirely summoned during a splendid three-month span at the end of his rookie season in 2010. Collison was selected with the 21st pick in the draft by the New Orleans Hornets, who at the time were looking for a reasonably reliable backup point guard who could sop up 10-12 minutes a game behind Chris Paul. But as Paul was felled by injury, Collison was inserted into the starting lineup for 37 games through February, March and April of the 2009-10 season. Over that stretch, he averaged 19.0 points, 8.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, shooting 50.7% from the field and 44.4% on three-pointers in the process. Indiana, Dallas, and ultimately Collison himself have been chasing those three months ever since.

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Historical Musings, Part Two

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As the the draft is three days away, it is still up in the air in regards to what the Mavs will do with the 13th pick. Television play-by-play voice of the Mavs Mark Followill broke down the recent history (and relatively lack of success) in making the 13th selection in the draft. In addition, he posted his results over the  first half of the draft over the last 15 years and displayed the “hit rate” with his designed system. Today. Followill examines the second half of the first round. The research shows you that there might be a surprising spot in the draft that leads to the most success when it comes to finding at worst a rotational player in the draft.

Enjoy.

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Rank Them: Point Guards

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 24, 2013 under Commentary | Read the First Comment

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With seven days until free agency begins, it’s time to officially start naming names as ideal targets for free agency. This week, The Two Man Game will go through each position and determine who appears to be ideal fits for the Mavs.

Money is always an issue, but the Mavs will have their share of cap space to work with. Chris Paul and Dwight Howard will not be mentioned on these lists because it’s blatantly obvious that they would be on the top of their respective lists, but they’re still long shots to come to Dallas.

 Meshing all the pieces together is just as important of a part of deciding on the pieces. The number one option at shooting guard might not be an ideal match with the number one option at small forward. These rankings will be solely on my own projections. A quick blurb from Editor-in-Chief Rob Mahoney’s free agency primer on the SI.com’s Point Forward will be mentioned for each player.

It’s apparent that the point guard position is the most important position the Mavs will need to take care of this summer. There were countless amounts of times over the year where they looked disorganized on offense and couldn’t execute the simple task of getting Dirk Nowitzki the ball. Getting a point guard who can handle the offense is an extreme priority this summer.

Let’s look at the free agent options at the point guard option.

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Historical Musings, Part One

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The greatness of Mark Followill needs to be recognized. Simply put, the TV play-by-play voice of the Dallas Mavericks is one of the best in the league. A major reason for that is his uncanny ability to be a sponge when it comes to information. He can recite information at the drop of the hat. In addition to that, he’s a beast when it comes to doing research.

Part one of this two-part series will break down the success or hit rate on draft picks that are made in the top half of the first round in a draft. Prepare to get your fix of information.

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Trade Takes

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 20, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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With the draft one week away, the news and rumors will be flying around at a rapid rate. The first real bit of information in terms of speculation has popped up.

During his weekly chat on Wednesday, ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford was asked a question by a Mavs fan in Houston (man, that must be tough) in regards to what the Mavs might be thinking.

Jo Jo was the questioner. I wonder if they have a friend named K-Ci.

Anyway, Jo Jo asked: Who’s is in play for the Mavs pick (what are you hearing)? Pistons, Cavs, others? What is it going to cost besides taking on Marion?

Chad Ford replied: I’ve also heard the Knicks, Thunder and Cavs. Cost is either a 2014 first rounder or taking back Marion into room. By the way, some teams think that the Mavs may already have a deal as the trade talk has silenced in Dallas the past few days. The Mavs can’t officially announce anything until after they make their draft selection.

Let’s start breaking that bit of information down like a fraction.

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Floptastic

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 19, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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Flopping has been a major source of conversation during these playoffs. There have been multiple instances, so much to the point that the league has had to invoke a new ant-flopping policy. The purpose of the policy was designed to put an end to the flopping. It certainly hasn’t worked as we saw Heat forward Chris Bosh get fined $5,000 for violating the policy in Game 4 of the Finals against the San Antonio Spurs.

Mark Cuban has stepped up, as he usually does, and is willing to take a chance on trying to provide more information to help the cause. The Cuban-owned company Radical Hoops Ltd. awarded a grant of more than $100,000 to fund the 18-month research study at SMU, Dallas. “The physics just don’t support the way we call things,” Cuban said while speaking to KTCK-AM earlier this week.

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The More You Know

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 17, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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Mark Cuban was once again on the radio, this time on KCTK-AM, to further explain the summer of intrigue for the Mavs. He spoke about the work he’s done in regards to flopping. That will be discussed later this week. The more pressing issues are geared towards free agency and the draft, both rapidly approaching.

Here is the Quoteboard with highlights of Cuban’s appearance on The Ticket in regards to free agency and the draft.

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Outside the Box: Feeling a Draft

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on June 14, 2013 under Commentary | Be the First to Comment

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This week, The Two Man Game will start looking at what the Mavs could do as another pivotal summer is upon them. Mark Cuban has said there are different ways or “permutations” to ensure the Mavs won’t have a failure of a summer if they are unable to land a big fish acquisition.

Dirk Nowitzki said Cuban is “all-in” on this summer, and committed to bringing the franchise back to where it belongs. There are traditional ways to do that but there are also outside the box ways of doing that. We’ll look at five potential angles the Mavs could work that would be considered outside the box.

The next important event on the docket is the NBA Draft later this month. The Mavs will hold the 13th pick in the draft. They owe the Oklahoma City Thunder a first-round pick before 2018. That pick is protected through the first 20 picks of the draft. But if the Mavericks don’t convey it by 2017, the Thunder gets the pick no matter when it is in the 2018 draft.

To figure out how the pick ended up being owed to Oklahoma City needs a bit of explaining, so here we go:

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