Before NBA All-Star Weekend, the Dallas Mavericks weren’t having the greatest of seasons, but that was largely due to the absence of their superstar, Dirk Nowitzki. But even at 23-29, they had still enjoyed the emergence of their new point guard that was signed this past off-season, Darren Collison.
Collison played in 51 of Dallas’ 52 games before the break. In those games, he averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 assists. Moreover, he was also able to post a field-goal percentage of 48.5 percent and a 3-point percentage of 39.3 percent. Considering that there was more pressure put on him to score without Nowitzki on the floor, that’s solid production.
However, the narrative has changed for Collison and hasn’t gotten better for the Mavs after All-Star Weekend. The Mavericks are just 3-4 in their seven games since the break. Over that stretch, Collison has also only been able to manage 8.7 points and 4.4 assists per game. Even more troubling, he has shot the ball at just 35.6 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond-the-arc.
As Dallas is still trying to fight their way into the playoff-race in the Western Conference, they can’t have their point guard playing as poorly as Collison has. He’s looked out of control and lost on the court many times over their past seven games, and his production over that time has obviously reflected that.
As the Mavs inch closer to essentially being out of contention for a playoff spot, they need to find a way to turn things around. That’s more than likely got to start with Collison. Their offense starts with him and he has a wonderful set of valuable basketball skill that can make Dallas’ offense better.
Collison needs to start showing how well he can play before this season is a lost cause for the Mavericks.