Dallas Mavericks: Samuel Dalembert's Success Hinges on Rick Carlisle

By Ryan Heckman
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After missing out on a few of the bigger names in free agency, the Dallas Mavericks needed a big man in the worst way. Signing Samuel Dalembert this week will prove to be a great move if head coach Rick Carlisle can manage his minutes well.

With the Milwaukee Bucks in 2012, Dalembert averaged a little over 16 minutes per game and started 23 times. On the season, the 250 pounder averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting over 54 percent from the field.

With Dallas, Dalembert could be a perfect fit at the center position and may wind up starting. But, for him to be successful at 32 years old, Carlisle will need to make sure he manages his minutes properly.

Dalembert can be a very efficient player if given around 15-25 minutes per night. I’d say 15 is on the low end but 20-25 is just about right. If he can prove to handle that much, maybe push 30.

He’s an 11-year veteran that can still protect the rim at a high level. Many people forget about that due to his stint in Milwaukee, because, well, it’s not easy to stand out with the Bucks.

Next to Dirk Nowitzki, Dalembert will be just what the Mavericks needed down low. Nowitzki is a guy who can create with the ball in his hands and spends a lot of time outside of the paint, leaving it for Dalembert to own. The versatility of Nowitzki will allow Dalembert less pressure on him in most cases.

The thing to remember if you’re Dallas is that you’ve got an older veteran center who can be a very good player still, just as long as his minutes are managed well. For Carlisle, this should be one of his top priorities every night.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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