Bernard James Clears Waivers, Mavs to Resign

Posted by Kirk Henderson on July 21, 2013 under News, Roster Moves | Be the First to Comment

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In a suprising bit of news, former Maverick Bernard James slipped all the way through waivers, meaning no other team picked up his contract, and will be resigned by the Mavericks. This bit of news courtesy of Marc Stein, once again: Read more of this article »

Mavericks Waive Guard Josh Akognon

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So Long

Earlier today ESPN’s Marc Stein took to twitter to announce that the Mavericks have waived guard Josh Akognon Read more of this article »

Worth the Risk

Posted by Kirk Henderson on July 20, 2013 under Commentary | Read the First Comment

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Heading into Las Vegas Summer League, the expectations were fairly straight forward.  The Mavericks hoped to see offensive consistency and defensive stopper potential from second year forward Jae Crowder. Center Bernard James was to dominate the glass and finish around the rim. Rookies Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo needed to show some sort of basketball skill translatable to the NBA. Gal Mekel simply needed to show that he belonged on an NBA roster. Read more of this article »

Mavericks Cut Center Bernard James

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Happy Trails
In the wake of signing center Samuel Dalembert, the Dallas Mavericks have been forced to cut Bernard James. More from Mark Stein

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The Difference, Summer League Edition: Mavericks 87, Bulls 94

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End of Road

Box Score — Play-by-Play

The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin. Summer League is less about wins and losses and more about trying to determine what players can contribute on the NBA level.

  • The final Maverick Summer League game in Las Vegas happened to be the first time I was able to attend a Maverick Summer League game live. The differences in what you see live versus television are distinct. Media sit along the baseline, which is a very different viewing location that what I normally see, which is the sideline view from my couch. The usual things I tend to see during a game, spacing, shot selection, rotations, are much harder to see from the media location. But, given the smaller gym and crowd size, it’s possible to hear and see a number of details a television broadcast would not pick up on. Read more of this article »

The Difference, Summer League Edition: Mavericks 76, Warriors 79

Posted by Kirk Henderson on July 19, 2013 under Recaps | Be the First to Comment

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Box Score — Play-by-Play

The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin. Summer League is less about wins and losses and more about trying to determine what players can contribute on the NBA level.

  • With 7:03 left in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks held a 70-56 lead. The Warriors proceeded to go on a 23-6 run to close out the game, including a game winning basket with just under 10 seconds left. Dallas played a controlled game from the opening tip, and slowly built up a solid lead, despite the loss of Jae Crowder and D.J. Stephens to injuries. However, the Mavericks got complacent and sloppy as the game wound down, committing five turnovers while taking rushed shots. Both Gal Mekel and Ricky Ledo played great games up until the 7:03 mark in the 4th; the combo was responsible for four of the five Dallas turnovers and shot 1-for-7 down the stretch.
  • Forward Jackie Carmichael posted a fantastic line of 12 points, seven rebounds, and seven blocks, many of which were right at the rim. Unfortunately, Kent Bazemore dunked over Carmichael in what may well be the dunk of summer league. It also drastically changed the momentum in favor of the Warriors. After five games, I hope a general manager gives Carmichael a shot. He plays very hard and his defensive timing is really impressive. Each game of summer league he’s shown a different aspect to his game; last night it was rebounding and hustle, tonight it was defensive timing. He also has a great little “show-and-go” post move he uses to create just a little bit of space needed in order to get a shot off.
  • The poor play down the stretch for both Ledo and Mekel should not discount their first three quarter’s worth of contributions. There will be questions about whether or not Mekel has the speed to play point in the NBA, but I very much enjoy how he uses his solid ball handling to probe defenses to see what they’re willing to give up. Because he’s so willing to pass, defenses seem shocked when he puts up a 10 foot floater; more often than not, defenders don’t even jump to try to block it. I’d like to see him keep his pivot foot down once he’s picked up his dribble (he’s been called for a large number of travels in Summer League) but offensively his guidance generally keeps the Dallas offense flowing. Ricky Ledo (12 points, six rebounds) has a great deal to learn about basketball, but there are signs he could be a very good all around player. While his offense is what gets everyone talking (his jump shot, when he takes it, has similarities to that of Kevin Durant), his rebounding effort is outstanding. He’s listed as a shooting guard, but with the NBA trending ever smaller, I assume he’ll get opportunities to play small forward as well. Though he’s had lapses, his hustle on defense will eventually pay off as he learns schemes and team defense concepts. At the moment, the future is bright for both Mekel and Ledo.

Be sure to check out TMG’s Bryan Gutierrez as he contributes to ESPN Dallas during LSVL.

Kirk is a member of the Two Man Game family. Follow him on Twitter @KirkSeriousFace for ranting about Dallas basketball, TV, movies, video games, and his dog. 

 

Men in the Middle

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on July 18, 2013 under Commentary, News | Be the First to Comment

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After having a meeting with Dallas last week, Andrew Bynum decided to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Mavs decided that Bynum’s situation was not worth pursuing any further. After much discussion, Dallas decided to make Samuel Dalembert their new starting center. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported that Dallas was closing in a deal to make Dalembert the team’s new starting center.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the deal is a two-year, $7.5 million deal with Dallas.

Dalembert’s contract for 14-15 is partially guaranteed.

That means he is the next center from the recent crop of Dallas centers: Erick Dampier, Brendan Haywood, Tyson Chandler and Chris Kaman.

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The Difference, Summer League Edition: Mavericks 95, Clippers 89

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Box Score — Play-by-Play

The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin. Summer League is less about wins and losses and more about trying to determine what players can contribute on the NBA level.

  • Despite having a clear set of goals when watching these games, it’s very easy to get caught up in whether or not the team is winning. Summer League is about different things for different players and it’s about growth and learning over wins and losses. For a “veteran” like Jae Crowder, it’s about improving his offensive consistency and being the team’s defensive leader. For a first year player like Mekel or undrafted rookie Jackie Carmichael, it’s about figuring out what you can and can’t do at the next level. As one plays basketball, the main difference between one level and the next is speed. Keeping in mind that athleticism falls under that banner, it’s incredible how fast things happen in a Summer League game, let alone a NBA game. How players learn and adjust, even over a short period of games like Summer League, is nearly as important as determining whether or not they have NBA translatable skills. Though the team is 2-2 after four games, there have been improvements for nearly the entire roster. That matters and it’s been fun to cover. Read more of this article »

The Difference, Summer League Edition: Mavericks 75, D-League Select 82

Posted by Kirk Henderson on July 17, 2013 under Recaps | 2 Comments to Read

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Box Score — Play-by-Play

The Difference is a reflection on the game that was, with one bullet for every point in the final margin. Summer League is less about wins and losses and more about trying to determine what players can contribute on the NBA level.

  • Anyone who has ever played a game of pick up basketball with strangers knows that the game often rests in the hands of whoever is doing the majority of the ball handling. A good ball handler with court vision tends to lead his or her team to a victory, mainly because having the instinct to see a play as it’s developing is far too rare a skill. The first quarter of the game against the D-League select team saw Dallas hang 26 points on their opponents, mainly due to the court vision of Gal Mekel, who dished seven of his team high nine assists in the period while also scoring six points. After his substitution toward the end of the first quarter, Dallas lost nearly all offensive momentum and never really regained it.  Read more of this article »

Monday Roundup

Posted by Kirk Henderson on July 15, 2013 under News | Be the First to Comment

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It was a slow day of news for Dallas, as the Summer League roster had the day off and free agency proceeds with all deliberate speed. The Mavericks will meet with Greg Oden in Vegas at some point this week and Elton Brand signed a one year deal with the Atlanta Hawks. The Oden report courtesy of ESPN’s Marc Stein Read more of this article »