Our weekly look at the Mavs whose stocks are rising and falling.
Delonte West – Never mind whether West is welcome in the White House or his unfortunate Twitter rant. West has established himself as key piece for the Mavs, which makes his NBA minimum salary a major bargain. The Mavs have managed to go 3-0 without Jason Kidd in large part because of West’s performance. He’s certainly not in Kidd’s class as a facilitator, but West had 10 assists in the win over the Pistons. He had 12 points in each of the other two wins over the last weeks and continues to be a tone-setting defender. He’s replaced J.J. Barea’s offense and DeShawn Stevenson’s defense.
Rodrigue Beaubois – Roddy B. scored 11 points in 16 minutes (on 4-of-10 shooting) in Saturday’s win over the Hornets. Coach Rick Carlisle responded by grumbling about the young guard’s lack of defensive intensity, and Dirk Nowitzki added that Beaubois’ decision making must improve. Beaubois has been a nonfactor in the two games since then, scoring a total of five points on 2-of-8 shooting in wins over the Pistons and Celtics. If he can’t make much of an impact when Jason Kidd doesn’t suit up, the odds of Beaubois cracking the playoff rotation seem pretty slim. He’s buried on the depth chart at shooting guard and hasn’t proven that he can play point guard.