Dallas Mavericks: Bernard James
Dalembert, the Dallas Mavericks' starting center, didn't get off the bench in the second half of Wednesday's 115-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets. His contributions during his 9 minutes, 33 seconds of playing time: one rebound, one assist and three missed shots. The Mavs were outscored by 18 points with Dalembert on the floor.
"'Sarge' is an energetic guy and we needed energy," Carlisle said, explaining his decision.
In other words, Dalembert provided no energy whatsoever while the Nuggets torched the Mavs in the first half.
"We're a team," Dalembert said when asked his reaction to being benched. "Whatever decisions they made, we go with it. We support each other."
Asked if he thought the benching was justified, the usually affable Dalembert mumbled, "You should ask [Carlisle]. You should ask him. You should ask him." With that, Dalembert walked out of the locker room.
While Dalembert had a strong February, this development can't be considered a surprise. He's playing for his fifth team in five seasons in large part because his inconsistent effort wears on coaches.
That was the case early in the season, when Dalembert was twice late for practices because he overslept, resulting in his losing the starting job. But he's the only experienced prototypical big man on the Mavs' roster, and Dallas desperately needs Dalembert to be an interior defensive presence.
That's especially true against the Portland Trail Blazers, who lead the league in scoring and visit Dallas on Friday night.
With that matchup looming, it'll be interesting to see if this was a one-night visit to the doghouse for Dalembert.
1. Who will be the odd team out among the four squads fighting for the West's final few playoff spots?
Taylor: It's going to be a tight race all the way until the final game or two, but I don't believe in Phoenix. They're fading, having lost seven of 13, and they don't have a true star that can carry a team late in the season. The Suns weren't supposed to be a playoff team this year, and they may be coming back to the pack after a fantastic start.
MacMahon: The schedule isn’t doing any favors for any of these teams, but at least the Mavs play the majority of their games at home the rest of the way. The Grizzlies (14 of 23) and Suns (14 of 22) will be road warriors the rest of the way. Given the Grizzlies’ significant advantage in experience, I’ll also pick the Suns to slide out of the playoff picture and into the lottery.
2. Is Mark Cuban correct that elite prospects would be better served by playing in the D-League instead of a one-and-done college career?
Gutierrez: Cuban is on the right track. If the goal is the NBA, a teenager's best interest isn't by being a part of an NCAA team. The NBA ecosystem, which includes the D-League, and allows players to get proper practice, further understanding of the game, access to state of the art training facilities and steady, consistent time for playing. Players get to compete against others who are pursuing the same goal. These players would be competing against professionals or semi-professionals, thus playing against better talent and giving them a better chance to improve. There are things that the D-League needs to improve on, but I think it's headed in the right direction. There would be complete transparency with Cuban's idea, something that is clearly lacking in the NCAA.
Taylor: That's a complicated question because the NCAA doesn't care about the kids and neither does the NBA. Each entity sees players only as currency that will make its product better. There's something to be said for going to school – even if it's for a year or a semester. Then again, there's something to be said for immersing yourself in your chosen field and seeing how good you can be. I wouldn't mind kids who have no interest in school going to a developmental league.
MacMahon: It’s a fascinating idea that would need a lot of follow-up work. If the NBA wants elite prospects to go straight to the D-League – and maybe the league office doesn’t – then it needs to take major steps to enhance the D-League. This can’t be a situation that some teams take seriously and some don’t. It has to be a league-wide effort. Cuban is on point about the NCAA being a bunch of hypocrites, but it’s hard to argue that D-League coaches are superior than the coaches at college basketball powerhouses.
3. What do you make of the D-League dominance by Jae Crowder and Bernard James?
D-League, but how much does that really mean?
Taylor: Nothing. They're still basically end-of-the-bench NBA guys. It would be like me getting impressed if a bench warmer or role player at Duke went to Division II and average 25 points a game. No different than guys who hammer Triple-A pitching but can't get it done in the big leagues.
MacMahon: If guys flunk the J.J. Barea test, they won’t ever amount to anything in the NBA. In other words, if you’ve got a chance to be a quality NBA role player, you better dominate in the D-League. It’d have been disappointing if Crowder (two triple-doubles) and James (38 points, 18 rebounds in his one game) didn’t tear it up for the Texas Legends. (It’s a red flag that Shane Larkin and Ricky Ledo haven’t had bigger impacts in the D-League.) It’s evidence that Crowder and James have some potential, not proof that they should be in the Mavs’ rotation right now.
That’s exactly what center Bernard James and small forward Jae Crowder did in their cameo appearance for the Texas Legends on Thursday, putting up monster numbers in a 121-103 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
James’ line in the box score looks like it belongs in a video game. He scored 38 points on 18-of-20 shooting, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked four shots. James had 28 points on 13-of-13 shooting and 11 rebounds by halftime.
Crowder’s stats are almost as impressive: a 23-point, 18-rebound, 10-assist triple-double with two steals and a block. There were a couple of blemishes in Crowder’s box score line -- 1-of-5 3-point shooting and five turnovers – but he was physically dominant against a lineup that featured former first-round picks Terrence Williams, Shawne Williams and Xavier Henry.
Point guard Shane Larkin, the Mavs’ first-round pick, had a so-so performance. He scored nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, dished out nine assists, grabbed five rebounds and committed five turnovers.
The Mavs sent the three young reserves to Frisco to get them some playing time since they aren’t in Dallas’ rotation right now. They’re expected to be recalled for Friday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.
Rookie point guard Shane Larkin, second-year forward Jae Crowder and second-year center Bernard James have been assigned to the Texas Legends. They are expected to play in Thursday night’s game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco and return to the Mavs for Friday morning’s shootaround.
Larkin, the first-round pick who was replaced in the Mavs’ rotation when Devin Harris got healthy, had a similar D-League stint earlier this month. He scored nine points and dished out seven assists in 33 minutes during the Legends’ Feb. 1 loss to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Crowder has fallen out of the Mavs’ rotation in favor of Wayne Ellington recently. James has played sparingly all season as the Mavs’ fourth-string center.
Rookie swingman Ricky Ledo was recalled from the Legends to make room for the other three Mavs on the D-League team’s roster. An NBA rule limits the number of players a team can assign to the D-League to three.
So, of course, we should fast forward and discuss summer possibilities.
This edition of the Mavs have actually given us plenty to talk about, but one particular question about this year's free agency scene fascinates me, so we'll start with that.
Do you think Carmelo Anthony would ever consider Dallas instead of LA or staying in NY? -- @MaziRabiee on Twitter
I'm skeptical, to say the least. It's well known that his wife, the beautiful and apparently talented La La, wants to be in one of the biggest media markets. And as much as Melo says it's all about winning for him now, I'll believe that he'll leave more than $30 million on the table when I see it.
Per ESPN salary cap expert Larry Coon, the Knicks can offer Melo a max deal of $129.1 million over five years. Other teams can offer him $95.9 million over four years.
The Mavs would love to land a legitimate superstar to pair with Dirk Nowitzki, but a strong argument could be made that Melo doesn't make sense for Dallas at that price. The Mavs would have to do some significant roster trimming to free up that much cap space, unless Dirk took a historically unprecedented pay cut.
If the Mavs did sign Melo to a max deal, they'd be handcuffed as far as building a roster around him because he'd eat up so much of the cap. I'm not sure that'd be a wise path to take with a player who has proven to be a great scorer but not a great winner.
A decade into his career, Melo has been out of the first round only twice. Would pairing him with the golden-years version of Dirk really make the Mavs contenders? Of course, the other way to look at it is, do the Mavs have a better plan to try to maximize the final few seasons of Dirk's career?
And it's probably all a moot point anyway, due to all that money Melo would give up by leaving his beloved Big Apple.
1. What's the best hypothetical deal you can come up with for the Mavs before the trade deadline?
Gutierrez: I would call Boston and see if they're interested in Shane Larkin and Bernard James for Avery Bradley. Dallas has two second-round picks -- one of them due from Boston -- in this upcoming draft, so those could be further chips to use. The logic I see in this is Boston would be acquiring a young asset they presumably liked in Larkin and Bradley turned down an extension with Boston, so the Celtics may look to just get an asset for him now. They're in tank mode, so getting worse and acquiring cheaper talent would be optimal for them. Bradley doesn't fix a lot for Dallas, but one player can't fix what ails Dallas. Presented with an option, I'll go for a defensive-minded guard.
Taylor: I'm not interested in any trade the Mavs could make because this game has evolved into a league where the team with the most superstars win -- unless you're Indiana or Chicago and you supplement your one true superstar with suffocating defense and two or three guys who are almost stars. Those types of players aren't available for what the Mavs have to offer. Evan Turner or Omer Asik aren't going to turn the Mavs into legitimate contenders. Dirk Nowitzki is still a star, and Monta Ellis is really good, but he's not a star. The Mavs' defense is worse than abject. They're a fun team to watch, but they have not chance to win a title and they're merely delaying the inevitable, while Dirk is still on the team.
MacMahon: It will probably be a disappointing trade deadline for Mavs fans. As JJT mentioned, this team simply doesn’t have enough assets to have any confidence in Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson pulling off a blockbuster deal. A Dahntay Jones-for-Anthony Morrow type deal is much more likely, but I’ll stick with my pie-in-the-sky scenario of the Milwaukee Bucks being motivated enough to dump talented but troublesome big man Larry Sanders before his four-year, $44 million extension kicks in. The purely speculative three-way proposal I came up with would bring Sanders and throw-in power forward Ekpe Udoh to Dallas, send Omer Asik and DeJuan Blair to Milwaukee and Shawn Marion to Houston. Too bad Sanders would likely have to get in another bar fight in the next couple of weeks for this to have a chance of happening.
1. Which teams are the biggest threats to the Mavs' quest to make the playoffs?
Gutierrez: The only team behind Dallas right now that might bring some cause for concern is Memphis. That's due to the fact that Marc Gasol, the reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year, returned to action after spraining a left knee ligament less than eight weeks ago. Their defensive tenacity can help them get back in gear, but they may be too far behind in the pack. I'm going to take an indirect route for the answer and say that the Mavericks themselves are the biggest threat to their quest to make the playoffs. They have the ability to score on any given night, but their own shortcomings on defense and in terms of rebound really derail their potential. It's up to them to decide how far they can really go.
Taylor: Denver and Minnesota are the best bets to improve and get better over the course of the season, which makes them the biggest threats to the Mavs. Denver has a new coach in Brian Shaw and it always takes teams time to adjust to a new coach and a new system. It takes time for all the players to find a role and get comfortable in it. The Nuggets are just 11-8 at home, where they have traditionally been outstanding. Once they play better at home, they'll start putting some winning streaks together. Minnesota's biggest problem is it doesn't know how to win. Kevin Love is among the league's best players. If they can continue to get strong performances from Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin, they will eventually make a push for the playoffs. Rick Adelman is a terrific coach and sooner or later he'll get the most from that team's talent.
MacMahon: The Grizzlies are by far the biggest threat with Gasol back. I figured Memphis as a playoff lock before the season started. The Grizzlies got off to a disappointing start and struggled without their best player, but they are only one game below .500 and completely capable of still getting to 48 or 49 wins. The Nuggets and Timberwolves can't be discounted, but the Nuggets' inconsistency and Timberwolves' stunning inability to win close games (0-11 in games decided by four points or fewer) make them lesser threats.
2. Should the Mavs want Andrew Bynum if he'll take the minimum?
Taylor: I wouldn't want Bynum under any circumstances. He has a loser mentality and there's been no indication he loves the game -- only what it can prove him materially. The Mavs under Cuban, and especially under Carlisle, has been a franchise that plays with maximum effort. Lamar Odom drove Carlisle and Cuban crazy. Bynum would do it faster.
MacMahon: Yes. The Mavs were right -- and I was wrong at the time -- for not making Bynum an offer this summer when it would have taken significant guaranteed money to get him. Bynum obviously wasn't worth that risk. But there would be no risk with a minimum contract. The best-case scenario is that you get a center who can provide scoring punch, rebounding and an interior defensive presence for around 20 minutes per night. If he causes problems, cut him. For me, it comes down to this: Would you rather have Bernard James or Bynum?
3. Should the Mavs be buyers or sellers in the trade market?
Gutierrez: They should be buyers, but I don't really see what they can buy that makes a substantial difference. They have nice assets, but the assets likely won't fix what ails them unless they radically shift the makeup of their roster. Defense is clearly the issue, so they would have to give up key pieces to their offense to fill that void. It doesn't make sense to trade pieces such as Jose Calderon or Monta Ellis because they're new pieces to your core. When you look on the other side, guys such as DeJuan Blair, Vince Carter, Samuel Dalembert and Shawn Marion have contracts that are expendable, but they all provide something of substantial value to the team. It's a precarious spot for the Mavericks. They can't be sellers because they have a solid chance to be a playoff team, but their assets don't provide the foundation to provide a quick shot in the arm as buyers.
Taylor: This depends on what they're getting. If it's a high-end lottery draft pick, then be sellers because they have zero chance to win a title this season. If it's a low first-round pick, then the Mavs might as well try to have the best season they can and ruin someone else's season in the postseason.
MacMahon: They can't be sellers. Not if they want to avoid the wrath of a certain 7-foot German. Cuban is too competitive to do anything to reduce the Mavs' chances to get back in the playoffs anyway. But I don't think it's realistic to expect the Mavs to be buyers, either, unless a team is really motivated to dump salary. The Mavs just don't have the assets to be aggressive in the trade market, especially because they can't trade future first-round picks since they're still being handcuffed by the Odom deal.
Wise decision, as it turned out.
But the Mavs are among the eight teams who expressed exploratory interest in Bynum after he cleared waivers, ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports. Why would the Mavs have any interest in Bynum now after passing on him this summer?
At this point, there would be no negotiating. The Mavs have no cap space and have used all their exceptions, so all they can offer is the minimum. If Bynum gets a better offer, good for him.
“That’s not a banking issue,” Mark Cuban said. “It’s not to say we wouldn’t consider him. But we’ll look at everybody and make a determination. Any free agent, we can only offer them the minimum. Any free agent.”
Cuban claimed he hadn’t studied film of Bynum from his brief Cleveland tenure. It’s not exactly impressive viewing, as Bynum averaged 8.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting only 41.9 percent in 20 minutes per game.
But this isn’t a matter of whether the 7-foot, 300-ish-pound Bynum can get back in All-Star form. The question is whether he would be an upgrade to the Mavs’ roster.
In other words, would you rather take a flyer on 26-year-old Bynum with his bad knees and baggage or keep 28-year-old fourth-string center Bernard James as the 15th man on the roster?
There’s at least the possibility that Bynum could fill the Mavs’ void at starting center at some point. And, if you’re discussing Dallas’ needs, that’s a pretty good place to start given Samuel Dalembert’s unsurprising inconsistency.
“Depends on which Sam we have,” Cuban said. “If we have the Sam of [Friday] night, we’re good. If we have the Sam that isn’t as on key as he was [Friday] night, it’s different. Again, we’re always being opportunistic. Wherever we can improve our team, we will.”
Of course, a strong argument can be made that the risk of bringing Bynum to Dallas outweighs the reward. He’s been a high-drama, no-impact player at his last two stops and was often a pain during his productive days with the Los Angeles Lakers.
But this would be a relationship of convenience, not a marriage. If it doesn’t work out, oh well. At least it wouldn’t be as messy as the Mavs’ recent breakups with ex-Lakers.
The peaks and valleys of an 82-game season can have a team quickly go from elation to deflation. The Dallas Mavericks experienced that within a span of two games. Coming off an emotional win against the Portland Trail Blazers, the Mavericks delivered a dud against the short-handed Sacramento Kings.
The Mavericks were going to have to key in DeMarcus Cousins and also Isaiah Thomas. The quicker-than-a-hiccup point guard moved into the starting lineup as Greivis Vasquez was part of a seven-player trade with Toronto that brings Rudy Gay and others to Sacramento. Prior to the game against the Kings, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle praised Thomas.
“We respect the heck out of him,” Carlisle told reporters. “He’s pretty hard to deal with because he scores, he’s slippery, and he’s hard to double-team because he’s so quick. He finds people and makes plays. It’s going to be a 48-minute endeavor to try to keep him under control.”
Let's take a quick look at the lopsided 112-97 loss the Dallas Mavericks suffered Monday at the hands of the Sacramento Kings.
How it happened: A short-handed team is always a dangerous team. The Mavericks discovered this fact the hard way as they fell behind by double digits within the first six minutes of the game. Leading the league with 17.8 points off the bench, Isaiah Thomas made his first start of the year for Sacramento. He gave Dallas fits early with his speed as he scored 10 points in the opening quarter. Thomas opened things up for this teammates as the Kings went on a 21-4 run en route to taking a 34-23 lead into the second quarter.
Dallas responded to Sacramento’s run with an 18-4 spurt of its own to start the second quarter. In another "be ready" game, Bernard James responded with tough defense, rebounds and baskets. His energy triggered the comeback effort by the Mavericks in the second quarter. Off a 3-point bucket by Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas took a quick 41-38 lead. The game of runs continued as the Kings, led by DeMarcus Cousins, countered with an 14-2 run of their own to extend their lead back to 10. Cousins ended up recording a double-double in the first half with 19 points and 10 rebounds as the Kings took a 57-47 lead into halftime. They ended up never looking back.
A general malaise seemed to grip the Mavericks as they didn’t put up much of a fight to start the second half. Dallas wasn’t fighting through screens and the Mavs were settling for jumpers rather than trying to get into the lane. They tried to slow down the Kings with a zone defense, but the adjustment didn’t have much of an impact. Derrick Williams was the next Kings player who got going, scoring 13 points in the third quarter on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor. He finished the game with a career-high 31 points.
The Kings' third-quarter surge -- when they lengthened a five-point edge to 19 by period's end -- essentially took the Mavericks out of the game. Dallas suffered an embarrassing loss to a team that only had five wins coming into the game. Sacramento had three players with at least 20 points. Monta Ellis was the only player for Dallas to score at least 20 points.
What it means: The good mojo the Mavericks had coming off their win against the Trail Blazers quickly evaporates with a bad loss to the Kings. Dallas will look to go 3-1 on its road trip Wednesday against Golden State.
Play of the game: The stat sheet doesn’t show a blocked shot, but with just under a minute to go in the first half, Thomas elevated and altered James’ dunk attempt. It wasn’t credited as a block for Thomas, so James gets the ever-so-rare air-balled dunk.
Stat of the night: Dallas had a 43-40 lead at the 6:31 mark of the second quarter. The Mavs were outscored 52-30 from that point on to the end of the third quarter.
Not coincidentally, Chandler is the one starting center employed by the Mavericks over that span who displayed a consistent level of energy and intensity.
Saturday night’s performance in Portland certainly wasn’t encouraging. Coming off the bench behind DeJuan Blair for the second straight game, Dalembert contributed so little in 12 minutes (two rebounds, one block, minus-7) that Carlisle decided to give the rest of the backup minutes to Bernard James.
Maybe that delivered a message to Dalembert. James played 11 frenetic minutes, scoring five points, grabbing six rebounds, blocking a shot and helping the Mavs outscore the Trail Blazers by three during his time on the floor. Carlisle can honestly tell Dalembert -- or let him figure it out on his own -- that he isn’t guaranteed minutes unless he performs.
That doesn’t mean it will have a positive effect on Dalembert. It didn’t on Haywood, who muttered “I just work here” over and over and moped the rest of the season when Erick Dampier came back from an injury and reclaimed the starting job weeks after the Mavs acquired Haywood from Washington. It didn’t on Kaman, who also took a passive-aggressive approach about Carlisle’s playing-time decisions during his time in Dallas and openly complained about the coach’s “mind games” when he came through town with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season.
Then again, maybe those guys just aren’t starting-caliber big men. Haywood was so uninspiring as the Mavs’ starter in 2011-12 that the Mavs waived him via the amnesty clause the following summer. He was a backup for the Charlotte Bobcats last season. For all of Kaman’s complaints about Carlisle, he’s averaging fewer minutes this season and is coming off the bench for the Lakers.
And maybe there’s a reason Dalembert is playing for his fifth team in five years. His numbers (7.2 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.3 blocks) are pretty close to his career averages, but the Mavs are demanding more from Dalembert defensively.
If Dalembert doesn’t deliver, he might not play many minutes. That’s especially true with Brandan Wright days away from making his season debut.
The Mavs signed Dalembert to be their starting center, but he might end up being the odd big man out.
Role for Mavs in 2013-14: James reported to camp as the fourth center on the roster. He should get some opportunities early in the season while Brandan Wright recovers from a shoulder injury, but James will have to earn meaningful minutes.
James, 28, a former Air Force sergeant in his second NBA season, needs to prove he can be a consistent energy player. He’s always going to be limited offensively, so he needs to be an impact player as a rebounder and defender to be a contributor. He averaged 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per 36 minutes in his limited playing time as a rookie, when he appeared in only 46 games, including 11 starts.
What happened this summer?: The Mavs waived James as they scrambled to create as much salary cap as possible and re-signed him to a minimum deal once they finalized Monta Ellis’ contract. The fact that no other team claimed James is evidence that he isn’t seen as anything more than a replacement-level player by front offices around the league.
What does the future hold?: James will be a restricted free agent this summer. He’s likely to end up signing another minimum contract or take his career overseas.
Bottom line: James is expected to be a bit player. Any significant contributions from him would be a bonus.
Bernard James: Re-signed to a one-year, $788,872 contract.
With the Mavs needing to create a little more wiggle room to complete the signing of Monta Ellis, they had to put James on waivers. Many fans were left wondering why the Mavs didn’t do anything they could to at least get an asset back in return for James before letting him go. Even if it was a second-round pick, that was perceived to be better than nothing.
Having legitimate big man size and some mobility, many expected that James wouldn’t clear waivers, especially based on the fact that any team could put a claim on him. Fans were then shocked to see that James was able to clear waivers and he was immediately re-signed by the Mavs. That sheds some light on why the Mavs might not have been able to consummate a deal in exchange for the big man.
Project player or not, the dollar value fits for the Mavs. He’ll likely maintain his role as the third option at the center position.
James re-signed for the veteran's minimum. He was waived last week as the Mavs cleared as much cap space as possible to make room for the signings of center Samuel Dalembert and guard Monta Ellis.
The 6-foot-10, 240-pound James, who averaged 2.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 9.9 minutes per game as a rookie, will be the Mavs' third-string center again. He'll back up Dalembert and Brandan Wright.
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Wright's two-year deal is worth $10 million plus incentives, agent Jim Tanner said earlier this week.
The Mavs were able to go over the salary cap to re-sign Wright because they owned his Early Bird rights. Deals with guard Wayne Ellington (two years, $5.3 million with the "room" exception) and center Bernard James (veteran's minimum salary of $788,872) are expected to be made official soon.
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