Dallas Mavericks

Brandon Jennings Would Be Dream Acquisition for Dallas Mavericks

Feb 2, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (3) during the game against the Orlando Magic at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  The Bucks won 107-98.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IFebruary 13, 2013

The NBA's most underrated point guard could be on the move.

According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings has become a target of Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks:

The 22-29 Mavericks have been disappointing this season, as they currently sit at fourth place in the Southwest Division and sport a negative point differential.

Current point guard Darren Collison has been decent for Dallas, but the Mavs have made it clear they don't see a future for the 25-year-old point guard. Collison has been subbed out of the lineup in favor of an aging Derek Fisher and even a D-Leaguer, Mike James.

Jennings, on the other hand, leads the Bucks in scoring, assists and steals. 

Let's take a look at how these two point guards match up.

 

Player PPG APG RPG STL TO FG % 3P %
Darren Collison 12.8 5.4 2.9 1.4 2.2 .482 .400
Brandon Jennings 18.5 6.1 3.3 1.9 2.6 .395 .367

 

The biggest knock on Jennings are his shooting percentages, but the Mavericks would be getting a better scorer and passer in Jennings.

The 6'1" PG boasts six games of at least 30 points this season, also sporting four double-doubles.

Also going for Cuban and Dallas is the fact that Jennings is just 23.

If the Mavericks are looking to rebuild around a player, they can certainly build a franchise around a point guard like Jennings.

He's still young and has yet to hit his prime, yet he averages a steady 17.1 PPG and 5.5 APG for his career.

Take a look at his performance against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 19.

If Dallas could steal Jennings away from Milwaukee it'd definitely be one of the best moves made by the Mavs in a while.

Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter are all well into their 30s, and Cuban needs to start looking to build a younger roster, as the age of the Mavs' current roster is 28.6.

Coupling Jennings with a shooting guard like O.J. Mayo could make for one of the highest-scoring backcourts in the NBA.

MacMahon suggests that Dallas may be forced to take on Drew Gooden's heavy contract, which has the 31-year-old making $6.7 million in each of the next two years.

This certainly isn't a fix-all move for the Mavericks, but it'd undoubtedly be a step in the right direction for an aging team.

 

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