Dallas Mavericks: Darius Morris
Remember after Rodrigue Beaubois' rookie year, when there was such strong hope that he could be part of the Mavericks’ foundation for years to come?
That, unfortunately, was the peak of the slight combo guard’s career.
There were flashes of brilliance the last few seasons, but Beaubois mostly floated around the fringe of the Mavs’ rotation when he was healthy enough to play. He struggled to handle the mental responsibilities of playing primarily point guard and never was nearly as efficient scoring as he was as a rookie, when he played mostly shooting guard alongside Jason Kidd.
Beaubois never developed the type of toughness required to earn coach Rick Carlisle’s trust. His lack of development was a major disappointment in Dallas, where draft picks have rarely become contributors over the last decade.
Maybe Beaubois can benefit from a change of scenery. It’s probably in everybody’s best interest if he moves on from the Mavs.
2012-13 stats: Averaged 4.0 points, 1.9 assists, 1.3 rebounds in 12.2 minutes per game. Shot 36.9 percent from the floor and 29.2 from 3-point range in 45 games.
John Lucas – Averaged 5.3 points, 1.7 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game for Raptors, shooting 38.6 percetn from the floor and 37.7 percent from 3-point range. Made $1.5 million last season with a team option to pay him $1.57 million next season.
Patty Mills – Averaged 5.1 points, 1.1 assists and 0.9 rebounds in 11.3 minutes per game for the Spurs, shooting 46.9 percent from the floor and 40 percent from 3-point range. Paid $1.09 million this season with a team option for $1.13 million next season.
Darius Morris – Averaged 4.0 points, 1.6 assists and 1.2 rebounds in 14.2 minutes per game for the Lakers, shooting 38.8 percent from the floor and 36.4 percent from 3-point range. Made $962,195 in second season of rookie contract.
Nando de Colo – Averaged 3.8 points, 1.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds as a 25-year-old rookie for the Spurs, playing 12.6 minutes per game and shooting 43.6 percent from the floor and 37.8 percent from 3-point range. Has two-year, $2.86 million deal.
Jamaal Tinsley – Averaged 3.5 points, 4.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game for Jazz, shooting 36.8 percent from the floor. Played on one-year deal for $1.35 million (10-plus-year veteran’s minimum).
Estimated contract: A short-term deal for the veteran’s minimum, which will be $1.03 million for a fifth-year player.
This will be L.A.’s fourth game in five nights. They left home with a three-game winning streak after Tuesday’s victory over the Brooklyn Nets, but got blown out the next night in Sacramento and dropped to 0-4 on the road with last night’s loss in Memphis.
With Steve Nash still recovering from a non-displaced fracture in his left leg, the Lakers’ star-studded frontcourt has struggled on this road trip.
Center Dwight Howard had only 14 points on 4-of-11 shooting in the two losses. He was especially awful against the Grizzlies, when he had seven points on 2-of-7 shooting and finished with more turnovers (five) than rebounds (four).
Power forward Pau Gasol has 14 points and 13 rebounds during the road trip so far, making only six of 18 shots from the floor.
Records: Mavs (7-6); Lakers (6-7)
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: American Airlines Center
Radio: ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1270 AM (Spanish)
What to watch: Can Brandan Wright give the Mavs an energy boost? He’s fallen out of favor with Rick Carlisle due to poor rebounding, getting a pair of DNP-CDs in the last five games, but his length and athleticism could help against the long Lakers’ frontcourt, especially with Troy Murphy battling an upper respiratory illness. Wright made an impact in the Mavs’ Oct. 30 win, scoring 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting, grabbing five rebounds and blocking three shots in 20 minutes.
Key matchup: Darren Collison vs. Darius Morris – Collison dominated his matchup with Nash during the Mavs’ season-opening win, scoring 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting while Nash looked lost in since-fired coach Mike Brown’s Princeton offense. The Mavs need him to get the best of Morris, the Lakers’ third-string point guard.
Injuries: Mavs – PF Dirk Nowitzki (knee) is out. PF Troy Murphy (illness) is probable. Lakers – PG Steve Nash (leg) is out. PG Steve Blake (abdominal strain) is day-to-day.
Up next: at Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, 6 p.m.
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