Mavs Greg Smith: Season In Review
On July 14th, 2014, the Dallas Mavericks acquired Greg Smith from the Bulls in a trade for the rights to Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic. (A trade for "nothing'' as we predicted as it was going down.) The California native was brought to Dallas in hopes that he would provide some much-needed depth in the Mavs frontcourt, as well as some help on the boards for big-man Tyson Chandler. The scouting report on him: He was a banger. (In fact, we collected lots of great notes on Greg Smith to start the Mavs' season.)
Unfortunately, Smith never really found his stride. ... and never earned the right to "bang.''
2014 was a rough season for the sparsely-used Smith, as he struggled to find a way to break into the rotation. In 42 games, Smith averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per contest, starting just two of those games. The Mavs had hopes that Smith could end up being the guy in the highlight video below (while making just $948,163) as opposed to the bench-warmer that he became.
Smith’s best performance of the year came on December 28th in a 112-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Smith, who played a season-high 25 minutes that night, scored four points, grabbed eight boards and blocked two shots in the contest, helping the Mavs forge a fourth-quarter comeback. However, other than one or two outliers, Smith was rarely a factor in the Mavs plans this season. By the way: Dallas' desperation at backup center is one reason Ricky Ledo is no longer here. When Dallas added Amare, the club could've dumped Smith instead of Ledo ... but you can't teach 6-10. So Smith stayed employed.
Smith, along with 10 other Mavs, will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. There is certainly no reason to prioritize the 6-10 center (though he has family in Dallas and might wish to return), as the Mavs will be looking to retool their roster in hopes to land a big fish (i.e., Lamarcus Aldridge or DeAndre Jordan) by the end of the summer.
"He's got a skill set that includes having that 'thick' build and he's got some experience but he also brings some youth,'' Mavs GM Donnie Nelson said last fall in speaking on Smith, who who earns a Season Grade (based largely on meeting/exceeding expectations in his predicted role) a "D.''
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