After a couple of moves to bolster the front line, the Dallas Mavericks were left with a hole at point guard. Fortunately for the Mavericks, the team has a $2.7 million exception. Unfortunately, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and his underlings appear to be using it on Orlando Magic castaway Jameer Nelson.
Obviously Dallas wasn’t going to be able to grab Phoenix Suns‘ restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe with a $2.7 million exception, but Nelson? Really? Isn’t this this same point guard who cost Dwight Howard any legitimate shot at an NBA title?
Nelson was too overrated to begin with. This happens a lot when a team has an outstanding big man. Normally, it’s really, really bad teams that get a Howard in the draft. And players like Howard normally don’t let organizations like the Magic get another high draft pick to use on a point guard because the team is always in the playoffs.
The sort of dynamic duo you see with the Portland Trail Blazers with Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge is too rare. Foolish teams like the Magic, though, ridiculously believe petty point guards like Nelson are a significant part of the team’s success, only to find out the hard way he’s a dud.
Will Nelson play hard in Dallas? Yes. Will he be somewhat serviceable? Yes. Can Dallas win a title with Nelson starting at the point? No.