Dallas Mavericks Position Battle: Point Guard
Coming into the offseason there was no question the Dallas Mavericks needed to shore up the point guard position. Darren Collison never really panned out for the Mavericks last season. Ever since Dallas lost Jason Kidd to the New York Knicks, they’ve been searching for a point guard to step in and lead this team.
During the summer, owner Mark Cuban made sure there were no questions at the point guard position going into this year. Dallas drafted Shane Larkin and signed Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Gal Mekel from the Israeli league. It’s pretty much a sure bet that Calderon will be the starting point guard for the Mavericks. The question then becomes who moves into the second spot on the depth chart.
Dallas used a first round pick on Larkin, but unfortunately the rookie broke his ankle in Summer League practice. Dallas would have loved for him to get the extra practice during Summer League, but it wasn’t meant to be. Dallas will hope Larkin can get up to speed when he returns from his injury.
The logical choice for No. 2 seems to be the veteran and former-Maverick Harris. Harris returns to the Mavericks after spending time with the Atlanta Hawks. He was a part of the Mavericks team that played in the 2006 Finals and looks to bring some veteran leadership back to the team.
The wildcard in all of this, though, could be Mekel. Mekel is a two-time Israeli Super League MVP and two-time Champion. The Mavericks like his game and what he could bring to the NBA. Mekel may not have the NBA veteran leadership under his belt, but he does have the experience of playing for a champion and leading a team in that direction. Whoever starts and whoever plays backup, the battle during training camp and preseason for the point guard position should be a fun one to watch.