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Mavs Basketball, Summer Edition

Posted By A. J. On Jul 11 2010 @ 8:51 pm In Dallas Mavericks | No Comments

The Dallas Mavericks summer league team is competing in the Las Vegas Summer League. Since there isn’t much going on with the Mavericks after the re-signing of Dirk Nowitzki and losing out on most of the better free agents, we’ll take a quick look at some of the players Dallas is giving a shot to make some noise this summer.

The biggest name on the Mavs’ roster is guard Rodrigue Beaubois [1]. The 6’2, 182-lb guard quickly became a fan favorite this past season even though he didn’t see much action on the court throughout the season. But when he was called upon, he quickly showed some flashes of brilliance with his ability to put the ball in the hoop. In 56 regular season games, he averaged 7.1 ppg, including a career-high 40 points vs the Golden State Warriors on March 27 where he connected on 9-of-11 from distance. Beaubois is definitely one of the key players the Mavericks look to rely upon once the regular season starts. He isn’t close to a complete player though. His biggest weakness is glaring, and it’s on defense. Coach Rick Carlisle said numerous times throughout the season that his poor defensive play is one of the biggest reasons why Beaubois didn’t see as much action as many thought he deserved. In the first game this summer, Roddy B struggled with 12 points on 0-for-9 shooting from three, but bounced back with 28 points in the second game. He also is committing five turnovers per game, which was his second biggest weakness his rookie season.

The other big name on the Mavs’ summer league roster is guard Dominique Jones (USF), whom the Mavericks acquired on draft night. Jones, at 6’4, 220 lbs, is a very physical guard. He averaged 21.4 ppg last year for the USF Bulls and was the only player in the country to put up at least 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists on a nightly basis. He was USF’s go-to scorer and his game is predicated on getting to rim and the free throw line as often as possible. And through only two summer league games, he’s proven that as he’s gone to the line 22 times. Jones will make the Mavs’ regular season roster and he should be counted on to have an impact at some point, but like Beaubois in his rookie season, will his defense keep him from making a consistent contribution to the team?

Another guy to keep an eye on this summer is a former 1st-round pick of the Boston Celtics two years ago, forward J. R. Giddens [2]. Giddens is extremely athletic and known for his explosiveness and dunking ability. But when you hear that about a player, it usually means that’s just about the only reason why they’re in the NBA. And so far, for Giddens, it has been the only thing keeping him in the League. He is solid defensively for someone without much experience. He also has a decent mid-range jumper. He played very well for the Celtics’ NBDL affiliate last season, as he averaged 18 ppg for the Maine Red Claws. He was a part of the Nate Robinson-to-Boston trade, but wasn’t re-signed by the Knicks this offseason. If he can improve on a couple of things, he might be a solid defensive player for the Mavs coming off the bench for certain situations, but it’s a long shot.

This 6’11, 265-lb big guy put his name in the national spotlight during this years’ NCAA Tournament as he led his St. Mary’s Gaels to the Sweet 16. Omar Samhan [3] has NBA size, but he lacks athleticism and quickness. He has real nice touch around the basket and in the paint, but as of now, he is pretty soft and has trouble finishing against opponents his size or athletic bigs, which was evident vs Baylor. His final season at St. Mary’s, he averaged 21.3 ppg and 10.9 rpg. He might make someone’s NBA roster, but unless he gets into shape and works on getting tougher and stronger, he’ll only be a 10th-man-on-the-bench type of guy – if that. In the Mavs’ first summer league game, Samhan only scored 4 points, but followed that up with 17 points in the second game.

Other than those four players, the rest of the Mavs’ summer league roster will most likely spend their days overseas or in the D-League. However, there are two local products worth routing for; North Texas forward Eric Tramiel and SMU forward Mouhammad Faye. Tramiel was averaged right at 13 ppg and 6 rpg for the North Texas Mean Green and was named the Sun Belt Conference All-Tournament MVP this past season. Faye, a lanky 6’9, 215-lb forward, is a raw talent who showed the ability to knock down the 3 or go down low to score in college. Whether or not his style of play will ever transfer to the NBA remains to be seen, but he could be a good pickup for someone’s NBDL roster to see how his skills develop. Faye scored 12 points in the Mavs first game.

Rounding out the Mavs’ roster: Moussa Seck (center, 7’4, 220, Senegal), Shan Foster (guard, 6’6, 205, Vanderbilt), DeShawn Sims (forward, 6’8, 235, Michigan), Jeremy Lin (guard, 6’3, 200, Harvard) and Amara Sy (forward, 6’8, 224, France).

The Mavericks’ next summer league game will tip off at 7 pm central time on Monday, July 12 against the Milwaukee Bucks. All your NBA Summer League scores, schedules and stats can be found right here [4].

Other teams included in the Las Vegas Summer League are the Nets, Jazz, 76ers, Magic, Celtics, Pacers, Thunder and Nuggets.

Next time we’ll take a look into some of the remaining free agents the Mavs should consider and some realistic trade options.

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[1] Rodrigue Beaubois: http://www.nba.com/playerfile/rodrigue_beaubois/

[2] J. R. Giddens: http://www.nba.com/playerfile/jr_giddens/

[3] Omar Samhan: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/player/profile?playerId=28106

[4] here: http://www.nba.com/news/features/2010.summer.league.schedule/index.html

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