After a disappointing 41-41 season, falling short of making the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks are in a tough situation. Mark Cuban and the Mavericks had their hopes set high in the off-season, as they were in the hunt to sign Dwight Howard, but let’s just say things didn’t work out too well. The Mavs ended up settling for Monta Ellis, as well as a few others. While it’s definitely not what they wanted, and Monta Ellis is definitely nowhere near the caliber of Dwight Howard, there’s no doubt that he will make an interesting addition to an interesting pieced-together Dallas team.
There is no doubt that this Mavericks team is in a sticky situation. While they do still have Dirk Nowitzki, their key scorer, the Mavs still have to keep in consideration that he is 35 years old and is not who he once was. Shawn Marion, Vince Carter, and Samuel Dalembert, are a few others on their roster who are getting up there in age. But on the other hand, Dallas does have some nice young pieces to build around, such as Fab Melo, Shane Larkin, Devin Ebanks, and DeJuan Blair; youngsters who have the talent and potential.
There’s the good and then there’s the bad when it comes to Monta Ellis. Ellis had some solid seasons with the Golden State Warriors, but things went a bit downhill once he landed in Milwaukee. For his career, Ellis averaged 19.4 PPG, 4.7 APG, and 3.7 RPG. Last season, Monta averaged 19.2 PPG, 6 APG, and 3.9 RPG. The 6′ 3″ guard is known for both his scoring, as well as his inefficient shooting, as last season, he shot an ugly .416 % from the field. In simpler teams, Ellis is a very spotty shooter and the kind of player that is both very inconsistent and unreliable. But on the other hand, you have to take into consideration that he was surrounded by a Bucks team with limited talent and not the best type of players around him. Ellis was in a tough spot.
Now that Ellis is a Maverick, I truly do believe his game will improve. First of all, he will be playing alongside a much more talented group of guys. Ellis will now be playing alongside Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, and Vince Carter; three guys he can learn off of and improve his game from, and guys who you would want to play with.
Over the years, Nowitzki was always forced with the heavy load, but with the addition of Ellis, it will take some of the pressure off Dirk’s shoulders.
If Ellis can improve his game, make better decisions, and shoot more efficiently, this Mavericks team will definitely improve. Ellis has the capability of being a great scorer, it all just depends on his decision-making and health.
With the acquisition of Monta Ellis, as well as other free-agent signings and draft picks, the Mavericks future will be an uncertain and interesting one, but if everything works out, the Mavericks have a pretty bright future to look forward to.