Our weekly look at which Mavs stocks have risen and fallen the most.
Rodrigue Beaubois – None of the Mavs have played especially well since the All-Star break. Beaubois has at least played aggressively since returning from a personal leave to grieve his father’s unexpected death. He has 27 points on 10-of-26 shooting in the two losses this week. His jumper isn’t falling, but it’s encouraging to see the dynamic third-year guard attacking off the dribble. The Mavs can only hope Lamar Odom is this mentally engaged when he returns.
Dirk Nowitzki – Odom is ineligible for this spot because he’s a penny stock at this point. Nowitzki lands here because of lower back tightness that caused him to leave Wednesday’s loss to Memphis in the opening minute of the second quarter. He’s expected to play tonight in New Orleans, but a sore back has to be considered a significant concern with seven games on the schedule in the next nine days. Nowitzki wasn’t very efficient in the first game back from the All-Star break, shooting only 7-of-19 shots from the floor in a loss to the lottery-bound Nets that he described as “brutal.”