Dallas Mavericks Preseason Review

The Mavs finished the preseason 4-2 with some really nice showings, including a 47 point win over Chicago. However, the team success in the preseason has no real correlation to the regular season, so let’s focus on the individual players that are aiming to make end of roster spots. Continue reading

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5 Things to Watch in the Mavericks’ Preseason Opener

Gameday is finally here! While it’s just preseason, there’s a lot I’ve been looking forward to seeing in tonight’s preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks. I will be attending this game, as well as Wednesday’s game versus the Chicago Bulls. I’ll be tweeting a lot from @MavsDraft during and after the game for anyone that would like to keep up with my follow-up thoughts. Continue reading

Should the Mavs draft a center if Nerlens Noel accepts the Qualifying Offer?

The Nerlens Noel saga has entered August, and it is becoming increasingly more likely that Noel takes the qualifying offer, which would likely mean that he would leave after the 2017-18 season, due to the expressed unhappiness during the free agency period. Should this scenario happen, the Mavs will have another hole at center, as after next season, both Nerlens Noel and Salah Mejri would become free agents. The only other center under contract would be Dwight Powell. I believe the Mavs should do whatever it takes to acquire a center in the 2018 draft in this scenario, namely DeAndre Ayton. Continue reading

Rawle Alkins Scouting Report

Rawle Alkins is a 6’4/223 guard from Arizona. He had a strong showing in his freshman year, as he was a highly regarded prospect coming out of high school. Additionally, he raised his stock significantly at the NBA Draft combine in May before withdrawing from the draft shortly after. Alkins measured well at the combine, with a 6’9 wingspan and he played well in the combine scrimmage. Alkins’ excellent frame will be a big factor for him, as scouts raved on Markelle Fultz’s similar frame at 6’4 with a 6’10 wingspan. However, Fultz is a whopping 40 pounds lighter than Alkins, which is one of his bigger strengths. Continue reading