Dirk…Then Who?

 

We’ve put it off long enough MavsNation. With training camp just around the corner, it’s time we address one of our main concerns. The hangar is empty. No more fuel needed. The JET is gone, and it probably won’t hit us until that first game in Los Angeles.

This leads us to the issue at hand. We all know who our #1 option on the floor is night in and night out. Who is #2? We’ve all been so accustomed to our beloved 6th man coming onto the floor and providing that much needed spark. With Jason Terry now gone, someone needs to step up. With the new look Mavericks, there are a couple of options.

Shawn Marion

Does the Matrix have to look to score more now? We saw him do it a few times last year, most noticeably when Dirk Nowitzki sat out to get his conditioning up to par. However, with this being his 14th season, you have to wonder if he has enough in the tank to provide 14-16ppg, and still give us what we need on the defensive end.

Darren Collison

Can J-Kidd’s replacement be this guy? I think it’s safe to say that all of MavsNation is excited to see the Mavericks with a point guard who can be a threat on the offensive end. Despite the Cuban-Kidd beef, there will always be a place for J-Kidd in all of our hearts, and you can rest assured that jersey will be up in the rafters some day. That being said, Collison will be able to attack the rim, but will he be able to provide from outside the lane as well?

O.J. Mayo

Coming into the upcoming season, Mayo is only 24 years old. That’s correct. 24 years old. Out of all the Mavericks offseason moves, this has to be the one that could potentially land the biggest rewards. If he can tap into all the promise he had when he came into the NBA, this could be your guy MavsNation. He had an unbelievable rookie and sophomore campaign, but his junior and senior years have shown him slumping quite a bit. Could he need a change of scenery? The idea of Darren Collison running the floor with Dirk, Mayo, and Matrix has to have him drooling.

Out of all the guys, it has to be Mayo. It’s also important to temper expectations early on, as this could take a bit to gel.

So we lost the JET. Maybe we just go for a nice speedster now. Regardless, we need someone to step into that #2 spot. Any takers?