Dirk Nowitzki is suffering from knee issues and the rest of the 2010-11 championship roster consists of mainly Shawn Marion, but O.J. Mayo has been the best player for the Dallas Mavericks through this early part of the 2012-13 season.
Based on timing, the need for a young shooting guard and a great deal of solid coaching from Rick Carlisle, Mayo is turning out to be everything this roster needed when management signed him to a two-year deal with a player option.
With his salary at just over $4 million, Mayo is turning out to be one of the biggest bargains in pro sports.
He's in the top tier of scoring and isolation plays so far this season, averaging close to 20 points per game, and is the undoubted focal point of the Dallas attack.
When the move was made, many fans didn't appreciate Mayo because they were all in on Deron Williams coming back to his hometown to team up with Nowitzki. But now, Mayo has become a fan favorite and the sky seems to be the limit once the big German returns to the lineup.
There's a good number of reasons he's the kind of player this lineup needed, and we've got you covered on the five most important reasons why Mayo is a perfect fit for Dallas.