Monday Mavs Donuts: The Graduate
DONUT 1: Roddy B isn't free ...
Isn't a free agent, that is.
The Dallas Mavericks don't have another point guard under contract who is above him on the depth chart, so oddly ...
"He's our starting point guard," GM Donnie Nelson tells Ben & Skin.
Now, in fairness, Donnie began that sentence with the words, "Shoot, well, for now. ...'' But nevertheless, Roddy Beaubois is under contract, is considered an asset, and is ... still a huge question mark.
"We're still excited about Roddy,'' Donnie says. "He's one of the fastest young point guards in the NBA and he's still developing, so there's real good upside there."
Jason Kidd and Delonte West are free agents. Deron Williams is a free-agent dream. So Beaubois' No. 1 ... except for the fact that teammate Dirk Nowitzki recently said he doesn't believe Roddy B is really a PG.
Expectations here are tricky. On the one hand, somebody the other day suggested that Roddy is a failure because he hasn't developed at the same rate as OKC's young stars. (Fellas, if you expected the 25th-overall pick in the 2009 draft, plucked from the island of Guadaloupe with little competitive hoops experience to match Kevin Durant, you have a high bar!).
But on the other hand, Beaubois is still talked of in some circles as if he's a rookie. His numbers this year represent career highs (8.9 points, 2.9 assists) but he's yet to truly develop into a full-time rotation player.
Roddy B is about to enter his fourth NBA season. He's not really No. 1. But being a rotation player -- meaning he's somewhere between Nos. 1 and 9 -- is a must.
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DONUT 3: After 50 years, Nellie's a college grad ...
Uncle Nellie goes back to Iowa to get his degree ... And the video is pretty cool ... featuring 72-year-old Nellie struggling to keep that mortarboard strapped onto his huge head!
DONUT 4: Dirk's No. 12! ...
It is in vogue to punch holes in the thinking of those who punch holes in ballots. But LeBron as the MVP makes perfect sense.
And Dirk finishing tied for 12th? Yes, that adds up about right, too.
Nowitzki got one fourth-place and one fifth-place vote. He finished tied with Russell Westbrook for 12th in the voting. The fellas ahead of Dirk? In order, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Kevin Love, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, Steve Nash, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade.
That all makes sense. Dirk, a perennial MVP contender for the last decade (he finished third in 2005 and 2006 and won in '07) experienced some statistical slippage this year but was by far the best team on the seventh-best team in the deep West.
So Dirk as one of the 12 best players in the NBA? You can't put that on the fireplace mantel, but you take it.
DONUT 5: Hockey Talk...
Jason Kidd on backing up a certain somebody who is capable of beating him out:
"I can be a penalty killer, minutes killer. I'll just have to watch a little hockey and figure out how to kill time, but I could definitely accept that role."
DONUT 6: Or, a non-linear thought ...
DB.com's Chuck Perry wonders why we have to hurry Kidd into a backup role should Dallas be fortunate enough to secure the services of Deron Williams.
Dr. Chuck wonders why a Deron-led Mavs team can't also feature Kidd playing lots of 2 -- or even starting some games there?
*He almost never defends opponents' 1's anymore and is well-suited to defend most 2's.
*As a scorer, Kidd is little more than a spotup weakside 3 shooter at this point in his career -- but he's good at it, and Deron's drive-and-kick could work there.
*If Deron does come here, he's a strong Iso/pick-and-roll guy; Kidd could do "point guard'' things as a pass-first facilitator for Deron.
The prideful Kidd could remain a "starter" in the strict sense of the term but in Carlisle's rotations his minutes could be limited to the first and fourth quarters, or important moments, or even important games.
This doesn't solve the long-held desire for an iso-creator at the 2. But if the creator is a 1, can't the facilitator be the 2?
DONUT 7: The "Kardashian Maraschino Cherry" ...
Mavs GM Donnie Nelson popped on with Richie & Greggo on 105.3 The Fan and referred to Lamar Odom as the "Kardashian Maraschino Cherry."
I don't even know what that means. Yet it's somehow funny and fitting.
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DONUT 9: Three of our faves: Game Havens, The Wildflower Festival and NBA2K12! ...
Remember to plan for next weekend's 20th Annual Wildflower Festival in Richardson. A huge number of big-name artists (Augustana, The Commodores, Dashboard Confessional, Neal McCoy and Nelly to name a few) will be there .. as will our very own Game Havens with their 2nd Annual GAME ZONE. Oh…and don't forget the festival food!
This year, Game Havens will be hosting the NBA 2K12 Championship and FIFA 12 Championship, not to mention a second year of Call of Duty Zombies tournaments! Check out the events page on Facebook for all their tournaments or stop by for some FREE-PLAY gaming and Kinect stations. And you definitely have to visit the "Design Your Game Room" area with some live demos of the incredible (but affordable) game rooms they build.
In the meanwhile, "LIKE" Game Havens and follow @GameHavensTeam on Twitter and keep up with the busy weekend ahead and the gaming world in general!
DONUT 10: How about CJ Miles coming home to Dallas, too? ...
He seems to be attracted to the notion. So do some Mavs fans. And yeah, he's a Deron buddy.
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DONUT 13: The Final Word ...
I've always believed Terrell Owens needed professional help. Going on 'Dr. Phil' wasn't exactly what I had in mind.