Marksman needed: Mavs lack 3-point specialist

July, 13, 2012
7/13/12
10:53
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Among the moves the Dallas Mavericks made Wednesday in the ongoing reconstruction of the roster, one key element is missing: a 3-point marksman.

President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson places high value on shooters -- you can never have enough. That is why the 2011 Mavs acquired Peja Stojakovic, giving the eventual title team three of the top six on the NBA's all-time 3-pointers made list (along with Jason Terry and Jason Kidd). Coach Rick Carlisle has said every team needs a 3-point sharpshooter in today's NBA.

Vince Carter, 18th on the all-time 3-pointers made list, now stands as the most prolific 3-point bomber on the current roster.

The Mavs' offense has always spread the floor around Dirk Nowitzki, and now they have a penetrating point guard who can drive, collapse a defense and dish. The only question is who he'll dish it to.

Consider:

* In three of Carlisle's four seasons, the Mavs have finished in the top seven in 3-pointers attempted per game, including fourth last season and fifth in 2010-11.

* In each of the last three seasons, they've finished in the top 10 in 3-pointers made.

* Last season, both Jason Kidd (79) and Dirk Nowitzki (78) made more 3-pointers than newcomers Darren Collison (34) and Dahntay Jones (33) combined.

* Jason Terry's team-leading 138 baskets from beyond the arc were more than Collison, Jones, Rodrigue Beaubois (38) and Delonte West (27) combined.

The Mavs' backcourt as currently constructed is comprised of Collison (36.3 percent career 3-point shooter), Jones (35.4), Beaubois (33.2) and Carter (37.4), plus the unsigned Delonte West (37.2). They are not poor 3-point shooters, as their percentages indicate. The shot just isn't a big part of their games. Carter, who launched 205 3-pointers last season (which pales to Terry's team-high 365), took 34 more than Collison and Jones combined.

"I’s July 13, it’s not Sept. 27, so we feel like there’s a lot of summer left," Carlisle said. "We’re still involved in talking to a lot of different people about a lot of different situations. We love shooters. We’re going to address that as we move forward here."

So, any sharpshooters still left on the market?

Here's a look at the players and their percentages:

Marco Belinelli -- 37.7 percent and 41.4 percent the last two seasons, 39.3 percent career.

Randy Foye -- 36.6 percent career and 38.8 percent last season on career-high 329 attempts in 65 games.

O.J. Mayo -- 37.5 percent career, and in four seasons never finished below 36.4 percent.

Michael Redd -- 38.0 percent career, but knee injury nearly ended career; shot just 31.8 percent last season.

Carlos Delfino -- 36.2 percent career and has averaged 339.5 attempts the last two seasons.

Mickael Pietrus -- 35.7 percent career, and hasn't been above 34.2 percent in the last two seasons.

Leandro Barbosa -- 39.1 percent career and six seasons shot 37.5 percent or better.

Raymond Felton -- 33.0 percent for career; 38.5 percent with Charlotte in 2009-10 and 45.9 percent in 21 games with Denver last season.

Jason Kapono -- 43.4 percent career; released by Cleveland in March after being traded from Lakers

Jose Calderon (available via trade or if amnestied) -- 38.1 percent career and 37.1 last season; was headed to career-high attempts in full-schedule season.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Dirk Nowitzki
PTS AST STL MIN
21.7 2.7 0.9 32.9
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsS. Marion 6.5
AssistsM. Ellis 5.7
StealsM. Ellis 1.7
BlocksB. Wright 0.9