The Thoroughly Unremarkable Death Of Plan Powder

Posted by Connor Huchton on July 15, 2013 under Commentary, Roster Moves | 8 Comments to Read

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There is always a plan in the mind of the fan. There is always a plan in the mind of the analyst. There is always a plan in the mind of the GM. There is always a plan in the mind of the owner. There is always a plan in the mind of the player.

This much, we can know.

It is almost astonishing to consider how rarely these carefully laid plans of ours coalesce with the course of reality. Every NBA season ends with only one happy ending. The building of teams is no different. And yet, we strive forwards, expecting, hoping.

The reactions to the Monta Ellis signing, mine included, are filled with sentiments of exaggerated woe and disbelief. The Mavericks have now failed to sign Tyson Chandler (two seasons ago, and quite willingly) Deron Williams (last season), failed to sign Dwight Howard, failed to sign Andrew Bynum, failed to sign Andre Iguodala, failed to sign Nikola Pekovic, and failed to address most major team needs. They have however, signed several aging guards and now one Monta Ellis.

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The Difference, Summer League Edition: Mavericks 80, Bobcats 86

Posted by Kirk Henderson on July 14, 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.

  • If there was ever any question as to why unproven big men often go high in the NBA draft, the Mavericks-Bobcats game was brief refresher. Cody Zeller (21 points, 13 rebounds), widely regarded as skilled but with serious questions about how his athleticism would translate, punished Dallas from the opening tip. With Maverick center Bernard James missing the game with an undisclosed illness, the various unheralded big men on the Maverick roster were left to try to slow the number four over all draft pick. Interestingly enough, the smaller, quicker Jae Crowder was the only Maverick with any really success slowing Zeller down. It’s unclear what, if anything, the various Dallas Summer League big men would bring to an NBA roster. N’Diaye plays hard but seems unsure of himself, Dewayne Dedmon looks out his element (I’m not sure he has an element), and Christian Watford seems undersized and the release on his jumper is very slow. Jackie Carmichael showed a bit with his ability to finish around the rim, but still looked completely out-matched by the more talented Charlotte big men. Read more of this article »

The Difference, Summer League Edition: Mavericks 76, Kings 73

Posted by Kirk Henderson on July 13, 2013 under Recaps | Read the First 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.

  •  After a season of watching the point guard carousel in Dallas, it was a bit shocking to see Gal Mekel (14 points, four assists) take such clear control of the Dallas offense. His passing was too nonchalant early; Sacramento tipped a number of passes in the first two quarters of play. The second half saw Mekel adjust accordingly, he penetrated a little deeper into the lane before dishing and eased up on a bit of the flash he showed in the first half. He kept his dribble alive and forced the defense to commit to his penetration, freeing up his teammates for easy looks. Though his assist total was rather meager, he made the right pass repeatedly and many times the recipient was either unable to finish the play or not ready to make the catch. Mekel also hit two fantastic looking floaters, which is a shot he’ll have to make with the large and athletic defenders waiting in the NBA.
  • Second year players Jae Crowder (16 points, eight rebounds) and Bernard James (nine rebounds) had unremarkable game one outings in Vegas. Granted, each gets judged more harshly than the remainder of the roster, if only because they’ve had a season of NBA experience under their belts. Crowder had a nice game statistically and played good defense, helping force Kings rookie Ben MacLemore into an atrocious 4 of 23 shooting night. But he also took six three pointers, all of them from above the break, where he made only one.  In the 2012-2013 season, Crowder shot 28% from this area of the floor. Some improvement would be welcome, otherwise he may want to consider sticking to the corner where he shot 23 of 45 for 51% last season. Bernard James will continue to be an asset to Dallas simply because of his effort. Though he sometimes has trouble finishing around the rim, he has great hands around the rim. He challenges shots very well and uses his strength to hold his ground in post ups. One would like to see him score more against the King’s Summer League roster, but considering what he’ll be asked to do in the NBA, this was a decent first game.
  • The biggest surprise of the evening had to be second round rookie acquisition Ricky Ledo (nine points). After a relatively quiet first three quarters Ledo arguably lead the comeback against Sacramento in the fourth, hitting a tough step back jumper, a baseline catch-and-shoot, and finding red-hot Josh Akognon for a three pointer. His defense on MacLemore was also enjoyable to watch as well. He obviously has a great deal to learn about basketball on both ends, but talent paired with effort could be the start of something special.

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. 

 

Toe injury to Harris scraps deal with Mavericks, Dalembert remains top target

Posted by Kirk Henderson on July 12, 2013 under News | Be the First to Comment

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What a day in Mavsland. This courtesy of ESPN’s Marc Stein:

Larkin breaks ankle at practice, out 2-3 months

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The latest bit of news comes via Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski

Fork in the Road

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With the Mavs deciding to pass on Andrew Bynum, many fans and analysts were wondering what the Mavs were ultimately doing. They were in a state of desperation in regards to the inability to finding a man in the middle.

Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com wrote about how the Mavs are now running on the mediocrity treadmill, the thing that owner Mark Cuban fears the most. Cuban is essentially trying to do the hardest thing in sports: rebuilding on the fly and doing it without hitting rock bottom.

In regards to Bynum, it does sound like a wasted opportunity in not just taking the gamble on Bynum. While it is a conservative approach, I can understand the logic in it. Yes, the Mavs were going to be taking a chance on Bynum, but they, mainly the team’s medical staff, decided that it was not in their best interest to pursue the option.

If they believed that his body and mind weren’t prepared to handle the season, why take the chance? I understand the concept of swinging for the fences and going for the potential reward. The way I look or perceive the situation, the organization didn’t feel there was any reward in the situation, thus not stepping up to the plate.

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Mavericks Have It All

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Well… this is apparently happening.

Las Vegas Summer League: A Primer, Part Two

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In case you missed our earlier chat with Ridiculous Upside contributor Dakota Schmidt, check it out here.

Earlier this afternoon I was able to get Jonathan Tjarks (@JonathanTjarks), he of SB Nation, where he provides NBA Draft coverage and Maverick coverage, and of Real GM, where he writes about both the NCAA and NBA. Though he’s not been to Summer League before, Jonathan is well versed on both the current Dallas players and the various NBA hopefuls which make up the team.

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Aim Small, Miss Small

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Just Missed

A Thursday afternoon report from the San Francisco Chronicle about the pursuit and signing of Andre Igoudala had a Dallas related after thought that went unnoticed by many until this morning.

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Las Vegas Summer League: A Primer

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With the start of Las Vegas Summer League today, I decided to reach out to a couple few people on the basketball blogosphere who have a better handle on the NBA Summer Leagues and developmental basketball as a whole. Though I’ve been watching the Mavericks for years, this will be the first time I’ve really paid attention to the Mavericks Summer League roster. Learning what to look for, what to expect, and what to hope for is important when placing value on Summer League performances.

My first exchange was with Ridiculous Upside writer Dakota Schmidt (@Dakota_Schmidt).  While Dakota also contributes to Behind the Bucks Pass and Rufus on Fire, I reached out to him because he spends an inordinate amount of time following developmental basketball.

Check out the roster here, noting that there has been a late addition of Jackie Carmichael

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