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This is the O.J. Mayo we thought we'd see four seasons ago.
O.J. Mayo impressed mightily as a rookie in 2008-09 as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies and continued to do so his sophomore season in the league, averaging roughly 18 points per game over his first two seasons in the Association.
Then, the Memphis Grizzlies decided to slash Mayo's playing time following the 2009-10 season, and his play fell off across the board.
"What happened to Mayo?" many wondered.
The answer, it turns out, was nothing. Mayo's skill set never depreciated, only his role. We know that because now as a member of the Mavericks, Mayo has regained his brilliance—plus some.
He's averaging a career high 19.3 points per game and shooting a career high both from the floor (47 percent) and from three-point land, where he is busting down a blistering 48.6 percent of his threes.
Mayo has kept the 12-16 Mavericks competitive without franchise forward Dirk Nowitzki, leaving many to speculate that Dallas could be a legitimate contender when Dirk returns and is at full health.