When the Dallas Mavericks signed Samuel Dalembert during the offseason they envisioned him being the center that he’s been during their current homestand. The Mavericks won all three games on the homestand, including an 18-point comeback win against the Houston Rockets. With their 103-93 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night the Mavs improved to 7-0 at the American Airlines Center.
One of the main reasons for the Mavericks’ early-season success is the play of Dalembert. The starting center for Dallas is averaging 7.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. During the three-game homestand Dalembert had double-digit rebounds in every game, and against the Jazz he had a season-high 18 points to go with his 12 boards. In the game against the Rockets he had 10 rebounds and six points while pulling down 14 boards against the Philadelphia 76ers.
During the offseason when Dallas signed the big man, this is the production they were hoping for. Last year the Mavericks struggled rebounding the ball and they knew they needed an upgrade at that position. So far the addition of Dalembert has been everything the Mavericks could hope for.
Besides the addition of Dalembert, signing DeJuan Blair has been extremely beneficial for the Mavs. Blair brought a veteran presence from his days with the San Antonio Spurs and he has proven to be a suitable backup for Rick Carlisle and his staff. Blair is averaging 8.3 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. More importantly is his leadership during key times in games. When Carlisle inserts him off the bench he has brought a level of intensity that is needed from a bench player. The Mavs are lucky to have two quality centers on their team. Hopefully they can stay healthy for the remainder of the year.