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When Darren Collison was brought over in the offseason trade to the Mavericks, it was with the assumption that he would be the team's starting point guard next season.
While he may still very well take the job, don't expect it to be as clear-cut as some may think.
Remember that Indiana believed that Collison would be their point guard of the future as well when they brought him in after his rookie season in New Orleans. However, by the time last year's playoffs came around, Collison was officially the backup to George Hill, and in the offseason the Pacers were willing to trade him away for a backup center.
Collison may have a breakout season next year, but if he struggles out of the gate, don't be surprised if Delonte West makes a move for the starting spot.
West is an experienced player who really played excellently for Dallas last season, even starting 33 games for the Mavericks.
Also, don't count out Roddy Beaubois to make a push for the starting spot.
If Beaubois ever reaches his full potential, he could outshine both players, but the question now with Beaubois seems to be more "if" than "when".
Still, Beaubois could be in line for a standout year if given sufficient minutes, and Collison should not feel secure with his starting spot until he earns it on the court.