Dallas Mavericks Rookie Gal Mekel Taking Advantage of Injuries
Going into the offseason, the Dallas Mavericks made sure they added plenty of depth at the point guard position. The Mavs signed Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and Gal Mekel along with drafting Shane Larkin. Larkin and Harris, though, have battled injury and have yet to see any action for Dallas. Larkin broke his ankle during a summer league practice, while Harris has a toe injury that has kept him sidelined.
During the absence of the two injured point guards, the other two point guards have stepped up for Dallas. Calderon has flourished in his starting role for the Mavs. However, it’s Mekel that has really stepped up in the backup role for Dallas. Mekel has averaged just under 15 minutes a game for Dallas and 4.7 points. Mekel is also averaging 3.3 assists per game as well.
It’s hard to imagine Mekel getting this much playing time if either Harris or Larkin had not been injured. Dallas has been high on Larkin ever since they drafted him out of Miami. Coach Rick Carlisle praised him for his ability to run the pick-in-roll in college and he was excited to see him play with Dirk Nowtizki.
Harris can play both the shooting guard or point guard when he comes back so that’s not going to matter as much as Larkin’s return. For now, though, Mekel continues to make the most of his opportunity. He’s used to playing at a high level as he came from the Israeli league, where he was a champion and MVP. The Mavs, as well as Mekel, hope he can develop into a similar player in the NBA. If he does, Mavs fans are going to have a lot to look forward to in the coming years.
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