After the lockout was over, the Dallas Mavericks did not make much of an offer to their own free agents. With the Mavs trying not to go over the salary cap with the new CBA terms this year, Mark Cuban only offered a 1-year contract to Tyson Chandler and Jose Juan Barea, but they were looking for a long-term contract. Tyson and JJ declined the offer from the Mavs and went to different teams. Caron Butler and DeShawn Stevenson also went to new teams. Then came the news of Peja Stojakovic’s retirement. Also, the Mavs traded Rudy Frenandez and Corey Brewer for a second round draft pick in 2016. The Dallas Mavericks were only able to sign back one player from last year to a one year contract and that was Brian Cardinal.
Between the departure Tyson, JJ, DeShawn, Caron, and Cory and the 6 new players that the Mavericks have signed (Lamar Odom, Delonte West, Vince Carter, Sean Williams, Brandon Write, and Yi Jianlian) there is a lot of adjustment to be made for this new team. After watching the Dallas Mavericks play the first 16 games of the season, I have developed my own opinion on each new player.
Delonte West – I believe he is a great addition to this Mavericks team, and a great replacement for JJ. This guy can shoot, steal, drive to the basket, make assists, and so much more. I love how hard and energetic he plays on the court. He is fast and aggressive. Delonte West came to Dallas jumping right into this team and is doing great! West did outstanding as a starter while filling in for Kidd when he was hurt. I would really like to see the Mavs sign West to a longer contract if he keeps out of trouble off the court.
Vince Carter – I have also been impressed with Carter. He has a great shot and plays hard. Vince Carter came to Dallas and just fit right in as well. He is not afraid to pull up and take risky shots. Carter also looks to be a good addition to the team.
Brandon Wright – I think Wright seems to be a good player as well. He gets into the game and gets rebounds, dunks, and does not have a bad shot either. I look forward to seeing what else Wright can do and brings to this team for the rest of this season.
Sean Williams – I have only seen Williams play a few minutes in a few games, but over all, I like what I saw. Coming off the bench, he is energetic, aggressive, and focused. Williams comes into the game and blocks, dunks, and gets the offensive and defensive rebounds. He really plays hard when the coach puts him in. The only thing Williams needs is to be coached and helped to not make so many silly fouls. That will come in time, I am sure!
Lamar Odom – I have not liked Odom thus far. I was really hoping to see a lot more from him, and have been really disappointed. About the first 10 games as a Maverick and getting minutes in all of them, Lamar Odom just has this “I don’t really care, I am too good for this, and don’t even want to be here” look on his face and his actions also reflected it. I still see that look and attitude, but have also seen glimpses of Odom trying a little more to be part of the team in the last maybe 6 games. Even with every teammate trying to include Odom, I just don’t see him making much of an effort for this team. I know he has been through a lot, but I feel that if he really was trying it would show a lot more. West has been through a lot too, but you don’t see him pouting and letting things affect his game. I hope this changes but I guess we will see as the season goes on.
Yi Jianlian– I have only seen Yi play in the last few games – getting very little minutes if any, so I have not yet formed an opinion about Yi. I do, however, like that he has said he is excited to be in Dallas.
Maybe The Dallas Mavericks don’t have the same team from last year, but I still believe the Mavs have a fighting chance at another title.