Since Mark Cuban foolishly allowed Tyson Chandler to bounce after the 2010-11 NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks have struck out left and right trying to fill the void. Nightmares of Chris Kaman and Elton Brand come to mind, and while last season’s three-headed monster of Brandan Wright, Samuel Dalembert and DeJuan Blair looked okay at times, their inconsistency and flaws were just too much for the Mavericks to overcome in the end.
Apparently though, Cuban, ignoring Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity, is still hell-bent on signing another mediocre big man on the cheap, this time the guy being the Miami Heat‘s Chris “Birdman” Andersen. Per Ethan J. Skolnick of Bleacher Report, Dallas “will inquire about Texas-bred Andersen.”
Oh, Andersen is from Texas. That’s sweet, and so are his colorful tattoos. If you watched the NBA Finals though, you would know also that Andersen is terrible. Even at his best, he is a decent role player, and is it really worth it to make a big deal over the signing of a role player? No. Andersen can probably do a better job than Blair, but signing Andersen — or a player like him — just continues the monotony at the center position in Dallas.
Honestly, it’s depressing. What happened to the reckless Cuban and Donnie Nelson, who would continuously shake things up and make a splash with a big trade? How can the Mavericks possibly be satisfied with the continued mediocrity of the center position since Chandler’s departure? Unless the Mavericks can hit a home run in free agency with a Carmelo Anthony or something, this patchwork ensemble of centers will continue to hold Dirk Nowitzki’s team back.