During the offseason, the Dallas Mavericks added four point guards to the roster. After drafting Shane Larkin in the first round, they added Jose Calderon, Devin Harris, and Gal Mekel from the Israeli league. At first thought, it seemed a little crazy that the Mavericks would add this many point guards. However, Harris’ first contract was shelved because of a toe injury. Both parties restructured the deal, and Harris signed with Dallas again.
The Mavericks ran into another problem when Larkin broke his ankle during a summer league practice for the Mavericks. Larkin had surgery and was originally set to miss up to three months before returning. Apparently his rehab is going better than expected, and uring Mavs media day coach Rick Carlisle said he should return sometime during training camp. As a matter of fact, he said he should be back before Harris returns. This only leaves Mekel and Calderon as active for Dallas.
That plan took a hit on Wednesday, though, as Calderon tweaked his hamstring in practice. Calderon, who spent the summer playing for the Spanish National team, told reporters on Monday that he felt fine and was ready for the season. Obviously there’s no way of knowing if the two incidents are related. However, it does raise questions about the Mavericks this year. In order for Dallas to shake off the incidents from last season and return to the playoffs, they’re going to need to stay healthy this year.
The Mavericks really need to stay healthy in the beginning of the season. Dallas has added nine new faces to the lineup this year, and the chemistry needed between Calderon and the rest of the guys is extremely important in building a playoff team. Hopefully the tweaked hamstring is nothing to worry about and Calderon will be back to normal in no time at all. However, this might be something to keep an eye on during the season.