Player News - Mavericks

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J.J. Barea was phenomenal in his 17 minutes of action during Sunday's win over the Wolves, scoring 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, three boards, three assists and two turnovers.

Barea also went 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, giving him a ridiculous true shooting percentage of 104.2 on the evening to accompany his 32.4 usage rate. Barea said that while he's still not completely recovered from the left leg muscle strain, he's finally starting to feel better, so his minutes should start creeping up into the 20-range. He's worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Source: Mavs.com
Jan 15 - 5:47 PM

Harrison Barnes went 6-of-16 from the field and 1-of-2 from the stripe on Sunday, on his way to 13 points, three boards, one steal, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes.

Barnes has impressively hit double figures in the scoring department in all 40 games this season, and he's been a steady mid-round guy all year long. He's having a career-year in Dallas, and as one of the younger guys on the roster, he's not in any danger of getting hit with random rest days down the stretch.
Jan 15 - 5:42 PM

Wesley Matthews scored a team-high 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting during Sunday's 98-87 win over the Wolves, adding four 3-pointers, seven boards, one assist, one block and one turnover.

Matthews has been connecting on a career-low 38.6 percent of his attempts this season, but aside from the shooting he's been solid with averages of 15.1 points, 2.2 dimes, 1.3 steals, 2.9 triples and just 1.4 turnovers per game, which has him sitting on an eighth-round evaluation in standard 9-cat leagues.
Jan 15 - 5:36 PM

Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting Sunday, to go with six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

The blocks were a season-high, and this was his second multi-block performance of the season. Not typically known as a rim defender, Nowitzki joked after the game that "those kids better learn," in reference to swatting away one of Zach LaVine's layup attempts. Nowitzki has worked his way into the mid-round equation over the past few weeks, but as a likely post-break shutdown candidate, his owners should be looking to sell high.
Jan 15 - 5:30 PM

Seth Curry got another start on Sunday sans Andrew Bogut (hamstring) but failed to do much with the increased opportunity, scoring just seven points on 2-of-9 shooting in 32 minutes.

Curry added one triple, three rebounds, three steals and one turnover during his time on the court, but this isn't the type of production his owners were hoping for, particularly with the heavy minutes. Curry does have some nice upside, as the Mavs could turn him loose after the All-Star break once they start resting the older guys, but he's more of a stash at the moment.
Jan 15 - 5:23 PM

Deron Williams scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with 10 assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, two steals and four turnovers in 31 minutes.

Williams has been playing very well in his past three outings, owning averages of 15.7 points, 9.7 dimes, 2.7 triples, 1.0 steal and 2.7 turnovers per game on 57.6 percent shooting, which has been good enough for mid-round value. However, the sky-high field goal percentage is unsustainable, and Williams is definitely a guy that could be rested down the stretch with the Mavs sitting on a 13-27 record, so owners may want to use this hot streak to try and sell high on the oft-injured point guard.
Jan 15 - 5:19 PM

The Mavericks have signed Pierre Jackson to a 10-day deal.

Jackson was with the Mavs earlier this season and averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 assists in 7.0 minutes per game through four appearances, so it's good to see him getting another chance. He's expected to be active for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves, but won't have much fantasy value while the Dallas backcourt is healthy.
Jan 15 - 12:32 PM

The Mavericks have recalled Nicolas Brussino from the D-League.

He will need a couple more injuries in Dallas before cracking the rotation. Brussino has no fantasy value.
Jan 15 - 11:56 AM

The Mavericks are expected to sign Pierre Jackson to a 10-day deal as soon as Sunday.

The Mavs waived the PG after a four-game stint earlier in the season, but it's not a surprise that he's getting another chance because he's been lighting it up in the D-League. He won't have much fantasy value while the backcourt in Dallas is healthy.
Jan 15 - 9:56 AM

Coach Rick Carlisle said Seth Curry is "sneaky good at the defensive end on metrics and analytics."

With Andrew Bogut (hamstring) expected to miss plenty of time, it looks like we'll be seeing Curry out there in some starts depending on the matchup. The SportVu defensive tracking stats aren't the best, but Curry is allowing his man to shoot 3.3 percent below league average while he does rank 26th on defensive real plus minus among 99 shooting guards, so Carlisle has a point. However, his fantasy owners will be looking for his offense, so go ahead and pick him up to see what happens.
Jan 14 - 3:59 PM

Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will be out for "the near future," according to coach Rick Carlisle.

Bogut has had a very difficult time staying healthy, as this hamstring issue is simply his most recent ailment. Bogut has averaged just 18.4 minutes in the games he's appeared in over the last six weeks, so the fantasy impact of this news is actually not all that significant. Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell will soak up the minutes Bogut leaves behind. Carlisle also hinted he could start Seth Curry, so he's worth a pickup.
Jan 14 - 1:36 PM

Deron Williams called the plays in the fourth quarter on Thursday night.

D-Will was in a serious groove in the first three quarters as a scorer, but he actually didn't have any points in eight fourth-quarter minutes. Plus, the Mavs were -21.9 in net rating during that time, so technically it didn't work. Among players with fewer than 31 minutes per game, Williams ranks first in touch time per game, so this is a positive for him. He's worth owning in all leagues while he's healthy.
Jan 13 - 4:51 PM

Coach Rick Carlisle said he likes Seth Curry's ability to play with Deron Williams in the backcourt.

He was awesome in his 24 minutes as the starter on Thursday, making 4-of-5 from the field for 12 points with three steals. It sure does make a lot of sense from a Curry perspective with Seth posting a wonderful 67.9 true shooting next to Williams in their 289 minutes together -- Williams does see a drop next to Curry. It makes sense to add Curry in standard leagues.
Jan 13 - 2:32 PM

Seth Curry started for the Mavs on Thursday and hit 4-of-5 shots and three 3-pointers for 12 points, four rebounds, one assist, three steals and a block in a 113-108 win over the Suns.

The Mavs went with a small lineup with Andrew Bogut out with a hamstring injury, and while Curry didn't set the stat sheet on fire, he did play well and hit a clutch 3-pointer late that slammed the door on the Suns. If Bogut continues to miss games and Curry keeps getting starts, he's going to be a popular add in fantasy leagues.
Jan 13 - 12:41 AM

Deron Williams hit 9-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 23 points and 12 assists in Thursday's win over the Suns.

This was just his second double-double of the season and it's not surprising, given how bad the Suns are against opposing guards. He's played in 25 straight games and the Mavs have five more on the schedule before a back-to-back on Jan. 25-26. He may sit in one of those, but Williams looks good to go for another week or so. He's got another good matchup on Sunday against Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves.
Jan 13 - 12:36 AM


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