Everybody knows by now that the Dallas Mavericks are going to meet with NBA unrestricted free agent Carmelo Anthony this week. Anthony is the big fish Mark Cuban is trying to reel in with his pretentious fishing rod. The Mavericks also have that massive hole at point guard and, unfortunately, the player Dallas will try to fill it with is not named Eric Bledsoe.
“Dallas planning strong push for Isaiah Thomas. They don’t want [Devon] Harris or [Raymond] Felton as starting point PG,” tweeted Brett Poirier of Sheridan Hoops earlier today.
Well, obviously the Mavericks don’t want Felton or Harris to be their starting point guard this upcoming season, but Thomas? He’s the guy Cuban and Mavericks president Donnie Nelson have their eyes set on? Sure, Thomas, 25, averaged 20.3 points per game this past season, but he took more than 15 shots per game, 5.1 of those shots being 3-pointers.
A 5-foot-9 point guard who chucks the ball up like a maniac and shoots less than 35 percent from beyond the arc is the dude the Mavericks want to be their starting point guard? That’s not only inefficient but the type of point guard who has gotten in Monta Ellis‘ way in the past.
On the flip side, Bledsoe, 24, doesn’t need to take a million shots (12.9 per game for the Phoenix Suns this past season) to be effective and is a better three-point shooter (36 percent). Of course, being the physical beast that he is, Bledsoe is way more explosive and a better rebounder than Thomas.
Thomas, a late second-round pick in 2011, is a nice little story of over achievement, but not worth the sort of multi-year contract the Mavericks are apparently willing to throw at him. Bledsoe definitely will cost more, but his potential is limitless.
Both Thomas and Bledsoe are restricted free agents, but the Mavericks need to forget about that lame idea of going after Thomas, and go get Bledsoe instead.