Fantasy Basketball Week 1 Stud Performance: O. J. Mayo
The Dallas Mavericks, sans All-Star Dirk Nowitzki, were supposed to be a mess offensively. However, in the first three games of the 2012 NBA season, the Mavs are 2-1 and have shown some unexpected offensive production. Shooting guard O. J. Mayo has averaged 18 points through the first three games of the year, including his 30-point outburst in last night’s 126-99 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Mayo looked possessed last night by shooting 10-17 from the field and an amazing 7-10 from beyond the arc.
Dallas was looking for offense from someone with Dirk on the sideline and Mayo has appeared to be the heavy favorite to fill the scoring void through the first week of the season. He has hit jump shots and has not been afraid to drive the ball to the hoop. Mayo has averaged 15.2 points a game throughout his career, so he has proven to be a strong scorer. However, simply put, he needs to be able to take shots in order score points. That is exactly the opportunity he is getting right now in Dallas.
The “Miracle Whip Man” has produced 3 assists in each of his games this year, which may not be much from a fantasy perspective, but it is at least better than zeros across the board.
Mayo also played more than 31 minutes in each contest, so it is obvious that the Mavs are trying to get him into the game as much as humanly possible. It seems like Mayo has been in the league for a decade, but the 24-year old still has a lot of basketball left in his legs.
The shooting guard has posted very respectable numbers with Nowitzki on the bench, but expect Mayo to remain a steady contributor when the captain finally returns. Mayo should be an easy 15 points a game with a couple 3-pointers mixed in, along with some rebounds and assists. Mayo may not be a starting shooting guard in fantasy leagues, but he will certainly be a reliable bench option throughout the season.