For the last few seasons, MFFL’s have gotten used to Vince Carter coming off the bench and providing some instant offense for the Mavericks. But this year things will be different. Now that Vince has signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, some one else must step up and fill his shoes. In my eyes, and most likely Rick Carlisle’s eyes, there are only 3 real options in this decision.
The first possible option is Richard Jefferson. Jefferson is a seasoned 13 year veteran and knows how to provide that offensive spark. Starting last year for the Jazz he averaged 10.1 PPG while shooting 45% from the field and nearly 41% from deep. These numbers are strikingly similar to those of Vince Carter who averaged 11.9 PPG while shooting 40% from the floor and 40% from beyond the arc. I’d say this is a pretty good trade-off.
The second option would be fan favorite Devin Harris. Unless Harris somehow gets the starting spot over Jameer Nelson, I see him providing support coming off the bench. Last season Devin Harris only averaged 7.9 PPG, along with 4.5 APG and 2.1 RPG while shooting 38% from the field. While this may not seem like much it’s important to note that Harris was coming off a bad toe injury and only played the second half of the season. Also, if you look at Harris Per 36 minutes he averaged 13.9 PPG, 7.8 APG, 3.7 RPG and 1.2 SPG. This indicates that if Devin gets the 6th man job his stats would correlate.
The final possible option is 6 year veteran Brandan Wright. Let me explain. With Dirk getting older, his minutes are likely to decline during the regular season in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs. This means that Wright will be getting more minutes and is thus a possible 6th man option. Last season Wright averaged 9.1 PPG and 4.2 RPG while shooting 68% from the field in only 19 minutes a game. Per 36 minutes, Wright averaged 17.5 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.8 BPG and 1.1 SPG while still shooting 68%. I’d say that is 6th man material.
All of these players would be great options in the 6th man spot but of course, only one can get the job. I have the utmost faith that Head Coach Rick Carlisle will make the best possible decision for the Mavericks just as he has always done in the past.