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Gal Mekel | Guard

Team: Dallas Mavericks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Wichita State
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Mavericks rookie Gal Mekel had his surgically-repaired knee drained and will not return for at least 10 days.
Mekel was recently called up from the D-League but he still has swelling and soreness in his knee. With veterans Vince Carter and Devin Harris playing well off the bench, and guys like Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin also available, it would be surprising to see Mekel in the rotation again this season. Mar 22 - 1:09 PM

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Gal Mekel has been recalled for Friday's game against the Nuggets.

His playing time probably won't be there while Devin Harris has stepped up as the sixth man. Mekel can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Mar 21 - 4:49 PM

The Mavs have recalled rookie guard Gel Mekel from the D-League.

Mekel will return to the Mavs, but with guards Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Devin Harris all healthy, Mekel will likely be glued to the bench and does not offer any fantasy value.
Mar 9 - 11:48 AM

Gal Mekel (knee surgery) saw his first game action since his knee surgery Wednesday night.

The Mavericks want to see how Mekel holds up in game action with the Legends, so he successfully crossed his first hurdle Wednesday night. The rookie recorded seven points and seven assists with the Texas Legends of the D-League Wednesday night and will stay with the team for at least one more game before the Mavericks decide on next steps. With Monta Ellis, Jose Calderon, and Devin Harris healthy, Mekel won't provide much fantasy value until the 2014-15 season.
Mar 6 - 10:46 AM

Gal Mekel (knee) will rehab with the Texas Legends of the D-League this week.

Mekel underwent a successful practice with the team, but the Mavs want to see how Mekel's surgically repaired knee holds up in game conditions before deciding on next steps. The rookie has only averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 assists in 9.6 minutes per game this season, so fantasy owners can feel free to push his name into the back of their minds until next season.
Mar 4 - 10:29 AM

Gal Mekel (knee) went through a practice session on Monday.

It's his first practice since surgery back on Jan. 17. Mekel's arthroscopic surgery was on his lateral meniscus and the team has already announced they will send him on a rehab assignment in the D-League. He has very little fantasy appeal while Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon are healthy, especially with Devin Harris playing well.
Feb 17 - 5:07 PM

Rookie guard Gal Mekel (knee) will play in the D-League upon his return following knee surgery.

"He’s making steady progress," Rick Carlisle said. "I would say he’s ahead of schedule based on what the expectations were with the scope." The rookie from Israel has played in just 30 games this season and is averaging 2.4 points and 2.1 assists in 9.6 minutes per game, on 34.5 percent shooting. That tells you about all you need to know with regards to his fantasy value -- he's waiver fodder.
Feb 9 - 12:41 PM

Gal Mekel had surgery on his right knee for a lateral meniscus tear on Friday and will be out indefinitely.

Most lateral meniscus surgeries involve about six weeks of recovery time, which would put Mekel at around an early-March target to return. He was playing well with a career-high seven dimes on Monday, but the Mavs shouldn't miss his 9.6 minutes per game too much. Shane Larkin will get some extra minutes on Friday before Devin Harris (toe) can return.
Jan 17 - 3:46 PM

Gal Mekel will not play against the Suns due to right knee soreness.

He had some soreness in Wednesday's game against the Clippers. The good news is the Mavericks have Shane Larkin back from an ankle sprain and he'll be able to back up Jose Calderon at the point. While he's fun to watch, Mekel has barely any fantasy value.
Jan 17 - 2:39 PM

Gal Mekel started in place of Jose Calderon Saturday and hit just 3-of-12 shots for six points and seven assists in a loss to the Timberwolves.

Mekel wasn't shy about shooting it tonight, but couldn't get them to fall. Calderon's day-to-day with an ankle injury and as long as he's on the verge of playing again, Mekel can be ignored in all but the deepest of leagues.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 11:57:00 PM

Gal Mekel hasn't played in the Mavericks' past three games, as Shane Larkin has claimed his minutes at backup PG.

Mekel averaged 2.5 assists and 1.5 turnovers in 13 minutes per game before falling out of the rotation. "I’m not sure what everybody's expectations were of a guy who's a good European player coming to the NBA," said Rick Carlisle. "But he … did a solid job when he was out there. He's proven to me that he's a guy who's going to be ready." He shot just 20 percent from downtown and fantasy owners can safely ignore him.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Gal Mekel did not play against the Rockets on Wednesday.

He was a DNP-CD (coach's decision) and looks to be leapfrogged by fellow rookie Shane Larkin. If you have Mekel on your deep roster, go ahead and make the swap.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 04:00:00 AM

Gal Mekel played 23 minutes off the bench against the Rockets on Friday, scoring 11 points with one board, six assists and one 3-pointer on 5-of-7 shooting.

Another positive was only one turnover, which has been a serious problem for the rookie. Mekel is a lot of fun to watch and he's taking advantage of the headstart to lock down the backup role while Shane Larkin (ankle) is out. He's sneaky handcuff to Jose Calderon in very, very deep leagues.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 12:40:00 AM

Gal Mekel started at point guard for the Mavericks again on Wednesday and had four points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals on 2-of-9 shooting in 27 minutes.

He's scored a total of six points on 3-of-14 shooting in his two preseason starts, and Monta Ellis was initiating the offense for much of the night. And once Jose Calderon and Devin Harris are back from their injuries, Mekel will become even more of an afterthought.
Wed, Oct 9, 2013 11:31:00 PM

Gal Mekel will start at point guard for the Mavericks on Monday night.

He'll fill in for the injured Jose Calderon (hamstring), and with Calderon expected to miss a couple more games, the team will get a good look at Mekel. The rookie put on a show in summer league, putting up eight assists in one half of action. Mekel is creative in getting his teammates the ball, but he still has a lot to develop to be a regular contributor for the Mavs.
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 01:15:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jose Calderon
2Devin Harris
3Gal Mekel
4Shane Larkin
5P.J. Hairston
SG1Monta Ellis
2Wayne Ellington
3Ricky Ledo
SF1Shawn Marion
2Vince Carter
PF1Dirk Nowitzki
2Jae Crowder
C1Samuel Dalembert
2Brandan Wright
3DeJuan Blair
4Bernard James