August 18, 2010
Mavs Summer League Roundup

With NBA Summer League action safely in the rear view mirror, the Mavs squad of first and second year players closed out an up and down performance by blowing out the Sacramento Kings summer team in the finale. The summer got off to a rocky start as the young Mavs dropped their first two at the hands of the Rockets and Nuggets, before finally rebounding with a one-point victory over the Bucks. Before Sunday’s win, the team took a 6-point loss to John Wall and the Wizards, bringing the total Win-Loss to 2-3. Though coaches do like to see how players respond to various situations in an in-game format, all in all, summer records are more or less meaningless, with individual performances serving as a better barometer of an organization’s success. After all, the bright spots from the team are the only ones that will show up on the NBA roster when game results actually matter. Here’s a look at the summer-Mavs’ most high profile players and how they fared in the Vegas heat.Rodrigue Beaubois After a surprisingly successful rookie campaign in which Beaubois generated a lot of buzz around the league, don’t read too much into his underwhelming summer stats. Beaubois was plagued by turnovers throughout, averaging 4.2 as compared to just 3.0 assists. His summer was highlighted by a 28 point outpour against Houston in which shot an efficient 12-20, although this game as unfortunately the statistical outlier.Dominique Jones The rookie out of South Florida gave the Mavericks’ their most impressive performances. Though he proved he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from outside, not managing a single 3-pointer all week, Jones was able to use smart angles when slashing to the basket to either finish or draw the foul, while showing some grit on the defensive end. After a shaky start to the summer, Jones closed out strong with a 28 point flurry against the Wizards and a 17 point 7 assist (to just 1 TO) effort against the Kings. Read on …

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Introducing Tyson Chandler

Somewhere between the promising seven-foot 2nd overall pick out of Dominguez High School and the wandering journeyman cast away by the likes of the Hornets and Bobcats, at one point traded for scraps to the Thunder were it not for a failed physical, lies the real Tyson Chandler. With the Mavericks acquiring Chandler and Alexis Ajinca from Charlotte in exchange for Eduardo Najera, Matt Carroll and Erick Dampier’s unguaranteed contract (providing around 13 million in financial flexibility for trade partners), the question remains, “After nine NBA seasons to work with, what exactly are the Mavs getting out of Tyson Chandler?” Read on …

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Jason Kidd’s New USA-role is a Reflection on Mavs

In a move perhaps more evident of the Dallas Mavericks increasing age and veteran experience than on-court performance, point guard Jason Kidd will take his talents to the Team USA sidelines for the first time in his career. In what could be viewed as a rebuilding squad for America’s team, Kidd provides veteran leadership and international competition savvy without playing a single minute in upcoming games and events. Not to say that Kidd couldn’t hang with the youngsters, as he still remains a valuable contributor under contract with the Mavs for the upcoming season and beyond, but as Team USA looks to replace its nucleus of previous years, the organization will look to let a new generation of superstars blossom together. Read on …

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