In this edition of Mavs Free Agency we will look at the top 10 shooting guards available in free agency this summer.
Everybody seems to be talking about the “big 3” in basketball these days. There have been many big-3’s throughout NBA history: Magic/Kareem/Worthy, Chamberlain/West/Baylor,Bird/McHale/Parish. More recently, the term re-emerged with Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett joining Paul Pierce in Boston, then again when LeBron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh joined up in Miami.
Here we go again…The Mavericks take on the Utah Jazz for the 3rd time this season. I would be more excited about this matchup if we had more success against them in the first two meetings. Hopefully the energy in the stadium for ‘Seats for Soldiers’ will be able to motivate the Mavs to victory.
The Mavericks finally had a winning week, their first since week 1 of the 2018-2019 season. They also had a win against the team that made the biggest jump in the Power Rankings this week, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Nobody is running away with the Southwest Division and there really has yet to even be many divisional match-ups. It is a very evenly matched group of teams and the head-to-head match-ups are going to be incredibly important this season. We have already dropped 1 game in San Antonio and we have our next division match-up this week in Memphis where they are 5-1 to start the season.
Next on our continued search for the players that will be the next Dallas Mavericks championship team, we will take a look at potential upcoming free agents fro the Small Forward position. This is a list loaded with talent and game changing players, most of the great players have player options for next season but some lucky team may be able to lure one of these All Stars to a new city.
The Dallas Mavericks are in Chicago to take on Zach Lavine and the Bulls for a 7:00pm CT tipoff at the United Center. The Mavs are coming off a 15-point home win on Saturday night in which the Mavs bench outscored the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 53-22. They look to keep that momentum rolling as they face a Chicago Bulls team that they beat 115-109 earlier in the season, despite a 34-point outburst by Bulls shooting guard, Zach Lavine.
Luka Doncic was picked by many (including myself) to be the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year. His fellow rookies, however, did not have so much faith in the young Slovenian to make a big impact in his first year as they had him Tied for 3rd alongside Kevin Knox and behind #1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and Cleveland point guard Collin Sexton in the preseason Rookie Survey.
The Mavs are back home tonight to duel with Paul George and the Oklahoma City Thunder for a late start at 8:00 pm CT. The Thunder have won a league high 7 games in a row but will be without superstar point guard Russell Westbrook for the 5th time this season after he rolled his ankle a few games back. Don’t let his absence fool you, the Thunder are still a very dangerous defensive team.
Power Forward is not the deepest or most talented free agent position group this season, not as many game changers up for grabs as in our free agent Center rankings. Regardless, there could be great value for the Mavs to use some of their $57 million available this summer if they look in the right places. With no power forward on the roster beyond this season (depending on the Dwight Powell player option) the Mavs will have to be in the mix for some of these guys. Let’s take a look at some of the top candidates.
As we discovered in our previous free agent article, the Mavs have an estimated $52 Million available in the summer of 2019 free agency. Of the few players that we actually have under contract for next season, none of them are Centers. DeAndre Jordan signed a one year “see how it goes” contract in the summer of 2018 to finally join the Mavs after the twitter debacle a few years earlier when he signed then changed his mind.