Player News - Mavericks

Date: Team: Pos:

Dirk Nowitzki is expected to start at center for the Mavs this season.

Head coach Rick Carlisle feels that Nowitzki operating at the five-spot will give the Mavs the best chance at winning this season, and this won't be a huge adjustment for Dirk, as he spent roughly 50 percent of his minutes at the five-spot during the 2016-17 season, per basketball-reference. After dealing with an Achilles issue last season that limited him to just 54 games, Nowitzki won't be worth much more than a late-round flier on draft day, despite his mid-round upside.
Sep 25 - 3:50 PM

Harrison Barnes said he prepared his body to play more minutes at power forward with the expectation that he will be the starting four-man in Dallas this season.

Rick Carlisle wants the Mavs to turn up the tempo and it sounds like he'll open the year with Barnes as the Mavs starting power forward, shifting Dirk Nowitzki over to center. Barnes added that operating as Dallas' No. 1 option last year was a great experience and that he wants to become better at getting to the line in his second year with the Mavericks. Barnes doesn't do much in the way of steals or assists, but he scores efficiently and will be worthy of a mid-round pick on draft day.
Sep 25 - 3:37 PM

Rick Carlisle said he's not sure if Seth Curry will be a starter for the Mavs this season.

Carlisle has essentially confirmed that Dennis Smith Jr. will start at the point with Harrison Barnes at the four-spot and Dirk Nowitzki at center, but who starts at the two and three will be worked out over the course of training camp. Curry will likely be competing with Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews for the starting two-spot, and while he should be a fixture in the rotation, he might not see the rock come his way quite as often with the Dennis Smith Jr. era underway.
Sep 25 - 3:21 PM

Rick Carlisle said that Dallas fans "should be excited" to see new addition Dennis Smith Jr. in action and that he intends to start the rookie this season.

Carlisle also said that he wants the Mavs to play at a faster pace this season, which is always a good thing in fantasy hoops and shouldn't be too tough to accomplish considering the Mavs were second to last in pace last season. Additionally, Carlisle said that he thinks Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell can play alongside each other, so it doesn't sound like Ferrell's playing time will negatively affect DFS's minutes. Smith Jr. is in a great spot for fantasy value and is worth gambling on towards the middle rounds on draft day.
Sep 25 - 2:31 PM

Rick Carlisle said that "there's a good chance" Nerlens Noel will begin the season coming off the bench.

Carlisle added that he's already had this conversation with Noel and that Noel is willing to accept the bench role. Carlisle believes that the Mavs best chance of having a winning season would be to start Dirk Nowitzki at the five, but it's worth pointing out that Carlisle also said Noel would slide into the starting lineup on the nights Dirk sits and that Noel will be playing starters minutes regardless of how he enters the game.
Sep 25 - 2:18 PM

Harrison Barnes has an informal goal of averaging three assists per game this season.

"It's something I have to do better," Barnes told ESPN.com. Harry B is not exactly former teammate Draymond Green with Barnes averaging just 1.5 assists per game last season. On the other hand, he was much better than expected as a scorer with his 46.8 percent from the field and impressive 86.1 percent from the line -- that's up from 76.1 percent in 2015-16. He's shaping up to be a sixth-round pick in most leagues.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 22 - 10:01 PM

Dirk Nowitzki said his health will determine whether or not his 20th season will be his last.

"If I miss another 30 to 40 games in a row, then obviously, it's not meant to be," Nowitzki said. "But if I can stay sort of healthy like I did at the end of the season, when I thought I moved OK and had some good games, then maybe we'll do two more [seasons]. But we'll see how it goes." The 39-year-old superstar said he's not sure what type of role he will play this season, but if his health cooperates he should see minutes in the mid-20s.
Source: SportsDay
Sep 17 - 10:54 AM

With Harrison Barnes expected to start at small forward, Seth Curry could move back to the bench.

The Mavs have stuck with Wes Matthews as the starter at the two or three, so he would likely move over to the shooting guard spot. Curry has said he wants to start for the Mavs, but coach Rick Carlisle has also talked about using him as a ball handler. Either way, Curry is still worth a look later in drafts.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 14 - 7:57 PM

Mark Cuban hopes that PF/C Dwight Powell will be more "consistent" with his 3-point shooting and defense this season, particularly as a shot blocker.

"As a pick-and-roll guy, [Powell] has been amazing," Cuban said. "And if he can shoot 35 or more percent from three, that changes his game dramatically. And then he’s just got to improve on the defensive end." Head coach Rick Carlisle also mentioned 3-point shooting as a critical area for Powell, and his range (or lack thereof) is something to watch closely throughout training camp and the preseason.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 13 - 9:05 PM

Owner Mark Cuban said he thinks people will be surprised how much Jeff Withey and Josh McRoberts can contribute with the Mavs.

Last month, beat reporter said the Mavs "aren't expecting much" out of McBobs this season, so maybe Cuban is just making a puff piece-style quote here. With Nerlens Noel signed, Harrison Barnes showing he can play some four, and Dirk Nowitzki healthy, it's possible McRoberts isn't in the rotation.
Source: Uproxx.com
Sep 7 - 4:27 PM

Mark Cuban said that he's "satisfied" with Nerlens Noel accepting the Mavericks' qualifying offer, which will make Noel an unrestricted FA next summer.

"Nerlens decided to bet on himself," Cuban said. "If everybody comes out ahead this coming season, he'll get paid, we'll be happy and we'll go on with life." The Mavs owner also mentioned that last summer's free-agency spending spree may have created unrealistic expectations for "a lot of other restricted free agents, particularly bigs that are in the same position [as Noel]." Cuban deflected a question about the health of Noel's knees, but there's no reason to think he'll be limited in training camp.
Sep 7 - 12:37 AM

Dirk Nowitzki is hopeful that he can stay "injury-free" this upcoming season after making it through just 54 games during his 2016-17 campaign.

"My Achilles just wasn’t right for a long, long time, and I basically had to fight my way back from scratch," Nowitzki admitted after the conclusion of the ’16-17 season. "I was frustrated and disappointed at times because it wasn’t going quick enough for me. But the last couple of weeks [of the season] I felt good. I felt good moving basically until the end." Nowitzki is hopeful he can be injury-free this upcoming season, but at 39 years old, it'll be tough for him to avoid hitting the sidelines.
Source: Mavs.com
Sep 6 - 12:05 PM

Nerlens Noel will sign a one-year, $4.1 million qualifying offer with the Mavericks, according to Chris Hayes of ESPN.

Noel, who was a restricted free agent this summer, will be unrestricted in 2018. With free agent money having dried up this offseason, and the Mavs seemingly unwilling to meet his demands, Noel will hope to cash in next July. It's a risky play by Noel and his agent, as he's had issues staying healthy. Noel missed his rookie season due to an ACL tear and has averaged just 64 games per season in the three years since. From a fantasy perspective, he will most certainly be motivated to stay on the floor and post impressive numbers.
Aug 26 - 1:21 PM

Devin Harris said he understands he won't play much point guard for Dallas next season after they acquired Dennis Smith Jr.

"[Playing point guard] is something I feel I still can continue to do," Harris said. "But with the team and the structure we have, two and three are more the positions I have to play. I would like to play [some PG] a little bit more, but we’ll see what happens." With DSJ, J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell at PG, Harris' main competition on the wings will be Seth Curry and Wesley Matthews. Harris' $4.4 million team option is only guaranteed for $1.3 million, but it still sounds like he's in Dallas' plans for next season. He's not a fantasy target and is only looking at a handful of minutes.
Source: Mavs.com
Aug 24 - 11:42 AM

Mark Cuban said he's not expecting "miracles" from Dennis Smith Jr. in year one, but added that he has a "chance to be something special."

"Put aside his athleticism, I mean his ball handling, his intellect for the game, he's already on Synergy Sports watching great point guards [and] learning from them," Cuban said. "He's committed to getting better every day." Cuban added that DSJ is focusing on his basketball IQ because that combined with his athleticism can set him apart. The Mavs have talked him up all offseason and Smith backed it up with a monster showing at the Summer League, so it's easy to see why his fellow rookies selected him as the favorite to win the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year award.
Source: Sportsday
Aug 24 - 9:44 AM


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