The Dallas Mavericks weren’t able to climb out of the hole that they dug for themselves early in the season to be able to make the NBA Playoffs. They got into the whole after playing almost the entire first half of the season without Dirk Nowitzki, their star power forward. Now they face an off-season where they plan to be active.
The Mavericks will be looking to sign a big-name free agent. They even announced on Thursday that Dirk will take a pay-cut if it means that the team will be able to sign a star. They need to give this team some energy and some more youth going forward. Though a big-time free agent would be one way to do that, another would be to get some contributions and see improvement from some of the young players already on their roster.
One player that comes to mind in that regard is 22-year-old Jae Crowder. Crowder just finished his rookie season with the Mavs and under-performed after showing some promise early in the season. In 78 games played Crowder was on the floor for 17.3 minutes per game. However, he averaged just five points, 1.2 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. The worst part of his year was the fact that he shot just 38.4 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from three.
In his last year in college, Crowder averaged 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game while shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 34.5 percent from three. He has an unbelievable motor and actually has a nice shot. This summer, the Mavericks will be looking to sign a big free agent, but they should also work on developing Crowder to where he can be effective as a role player for the future.