Friday, April 6, 2012
Stock report: Delonte West rises; Vince Carter drops
By Tim MacMahon
Our weekly look at which Mavs stocks have risen and fallen the most:
STOCK UP Delonte West – He’ll deal with significant pain in his surgically repaired right ring finger the rest of the season, but West is back and played a major role in the Mavs’ last two wins. He’s the starting point guard with Jason Kidd sidelined by a strained right groin, a stint that started in the fourth quarter in Orlando, when West scored seven of his 15 points and dished out two of his five assists in that comeback win. After an off game in the lopsided loss to the Clippers, West bounced back by scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting in the win over the Grizzlies. West, whose on-the-ball defensive ability lightens Shawn Marion’s load, has done a tremendous job taking care of the ball despite being limited with his taped and padded right hand. He has only three turnovers in 86 minutes over the last three games.
STOCK DOWN Vince Carter – Carter’s scoring averaged has dipped below double digits and he’s been especially inefficient this week. He has a total of only eight points on 3-of-15 shooting in the two games so far on this homestand. It’s never a good thing when a starting shooting guard has more fouls (four) and as many turnovers as points over a two-game span. The 35-year-old Carter has been struggling since the All-Star break, averaging 7.9 points on. 349 shooting in that span, significant drops from his pre-break numbers of 10.9 points on .442 shooting. If Carter doesn’t snap out of his slump soon, it’s likely that West will start at shooting guard once Kidd returns.