The Dallas Mavericks have just signed the final two pieces of the 2014-2015 roster, Jameer Nelson and Al-Farouq Aminu. While these two players are not huge stars on their own, they each have very useful skills that will help the Mavericks win a title.
Jameer Nelson is a true point guard. He averaged 12.1 PPG and 7.0 APG last season along with being a solid defender, not to mention he also happens to be the all-time assist leader for the Orlando Magic, sounds like something the Mavericks could use. Dallas will need a good facilitator this year with all the offensive talent that will be on the roster as well as having a 3 point threat from the point guard position.
Nelson will basically be Jose Calderon with more defense. Sounds good right? He will most likely be the starting point guard come the season opener with Raymond Felton as his back up and Devin Harris backing Monta Ellis. Of course with the addition of Nelson there is always a chance that Raymond Felton is dealt and Devin Harris moves into the reserve roll at point guard, but Mark Cuban says that this is very unlikely and that all 3 players will stay in Dallas.
Some of you who have not been deeply invested in the NBA the past few seasons may ask who is Al-Farouq Aminu? Aminu is a 23-year-old 6’10” forward out of Wake Forest. He was drafted to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010 and was traded to the New Orleans Hornets the next year. He is a very talented defender and rebounder and will be the player that Dallas uses to defend players like Kevin Durant and LeBron.
In simplest terms he is a 23-year-old version of Shawn Marion. While he may be limited on the offensive end of the floor, this shouldn’t be a problem considering all the offensive power already on the team. Aminu will most likely be backing up Chandler Parsons at small forward but he can also play the power forward position just as Marion could.
Now that the Mavericks roster is pretty much complete, this is easily the most talented roster the Mavericks have ever put together. There is a perfect balance between young stars and savvy veterans, along with defensive and offensive minded players. Let’s not forget about Rick Carlisle, who is a top 3 coach in the NBA.
I don’t know about you, but I can see the Mavs compete for a title in the near future.