As seen over the past few seasons, the Dallas Mavericks are a veteran savvy team. Rick Carlisle has always been one to favor veterans over young players for multiple reasons such as decision-making and discipline. But this might change come next season. While Dallas still has a few irreplaceable vets such as Dirk and Tyson, some young players will be trying to step into the spotlight as well. Here are some of the young players who I believe will be able to be solid contributors next season.
An obvious choice here, but he still needs to be included. While he did average 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds a game last season for that team to the southeast, Parsons is only 25 years old. He still has substantial room to improve his all around game but I think he will become a star in Dallas. Parsons will be part of the Mavericks starting 5 next season and with Rick Carlisle’s system and the right teammates, I see Chandler posting higher numbers in every category.
Last season Crowder averaged 4.6 points and 2.5 rebounds a game, surprising isn’t it? While Crowder isn’t one to light up the scoreboard every night, he is one to give all he’s got every night. Crowder was always given the hardest defensive assignments of guarding the opposing team’s best wing player whenever Shawn Marion wasn’t on the court, he would be the first one on the floor for loose balls, and he was never one to give up no matter what the deficit was. Look for him to be a big part of the team next season.
Some people might not agree with me on my next choice but bear with me.
I know he has only played in 11 games at the NBA level and in those games only average 1.7 points, but great things are going to come. Right now Ledo is on the Mavericks summer league team and he is averaging 15.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, and 3.3 APG, along with 1.2 SPG. While these stats don’t seem extraordinary, they are lower because of one bad game against the Hornets where Ledo was trying to keep the team alive. Before that game Ricky Ledo was averaging nearly 18 PPG, and 4RPG, while shooting 53% from 3 point range. I believe if Carlisle gives him a chance, Ledo will show what everyone what he can really do. (PS he is unstoppable in NBA2k14)
Even though the Mavericks have always been a veteran savvy team and most likely always will be, Rick Carlisle seems to be slowly giving rookies and other young players more responsibilities and trust. Dallas needs to be able to keep up with other teams young stars and the most effective way to do it is by getting young studs of our own. If these players I’ve listed work hard and start to become serious contributors to the team, no one will be able to stop them. They will have the perfect combination of veteran discipline and decision-making along with explosive young players who can outrun the competition. While this may not happen instantaneously at the beginning of the season, the post season looks promising.