1.) Patrick Beverley (7.6ppg, 5rpg, 3.8apg, 40.7 fg%, 39.7 3p%, 78 ft%)
A key piece of the Los Angeles Clippers’ surprising 48 wins and playoff berth where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in a hard-fought six-game series, Patrick Beverley has built his name through his pesky defense for the 94 feet of the basketball court.
Not only does Pat Bev provide well-needed veteran playoff experience and perimeter guard defense, but “Mr. 94 feet” also is a 40% three-point shooter (attempting 3.6 threes a game) and solid free-throw shooter who does not necessitate the basketball to be effective.
With this, Patrick Beverley should be a plug-in alongside ball-dominant Luka Doncic in spreading the floor offensively, and helping both Luka’s developing defense and Kristaps’s interior rim protection.
2.) Dewayne Dedmon (10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.1 bpg, 1.1 spg, 49.2 fg%, 38.2 3p%, 81.4 ft%)
This season, the basketball world could not stop talking about the shocking evolution of Brook Lopez into a perimeter shooting threat and his new ability to space the floor.
The “Brook Hype” overshadowed other bigs in the NBA who also expanded their offensive versatility to adjust to the changing game. Dewayne Dedmon, a known solid interior defender and premier rebounder, followed the footsteps of Brook Lopez by evolving into an outside threat and efficient free throw shooter.
Dedmon’s ability to spread the court opens up easier opportunities for Mavericks’ ball-handlers to slash and penetrate to the basket, or kick out to perimeter shooters. Despite Dewayne Dedmon’s impressive defensive rebounding percentage (which is certainly well-needed), his questionable and inconsistent perimeter defense would be a liability against quicker forwards and bigs.
Nonetheless, Dewayne Dedmon provides a great bargain price for the inefficiencies he can help the Mavericks fill (rebounding, defense, and shooting).