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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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Gal Mekel put up a triple-double vs. Montenegro in EuroBasket qualifiers on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.
He was impressive at Las Vegas Summer League and coach Rick Carlisle could play him at either guard spot in the regular season. Unfortunately, the Mavericks have some added depth in the backcourt and Devin Harris will enter the season healthy, so Mekel isn't worth drafting in most fantasy formats. Aug 20 - 5:07 PM

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Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that second-year PG Gal Mekel is one of the Mavs' "best defenders at either of the two guard spots."

Mekel played in 31 games as a rookie before a torn right meniscus ended his season, and he shot only 34.9 percent from the field, but solid defense and steady improvement offensively seem to have impressed his coach. "I like where he’s at right now," Carlisle said. "With his improvements and the solid aspects of his game, I like the way he’s playing." Mekel will have another chance to impress the Mavs during Summer League in July.
Jun 10 - 5:06 PM

Mavericks PG Gal Mekel (knee surgery) will play for Dallas at the Las Vegas summer league in July.

Mekel made one five-minute appearance for the Mavs after having knee surgery in January. Even his stint in the D-League was interrupted by the injury, and his knee was drained again in late March, but he should be 100 percent recovered in time for summer league.
May 28 - 9:32 AM

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

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