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Dalembert (right) shouldn't be expected to erase the memory of missing out on Dwight Howard.
Positional Depth Chart
1. Samuel Dalembert
2. Bernard James
The Dallas Mavericks were dead set on picking up Dwight Howard during free agency. Instead, they settled for Samuel Dalembert.
Talent wise, it’s a huge drop-off.
Last season, Dalembert averaged 6.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks over 16.3 minutes per game with the Milwaukee Bucks. Although that adds up to an impressive per-36 minutes mark, the 32-year-old has finished with a double-double average just once in his 11-year career.
Sure, he’ll give the Mavericks an imposing figure inside the paint on defense. But offensively, the team shouldn’t expect much out of him.
Brandan Wright spent the majority of his time at center last year, averaging 8.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over 18 minutes per game. However, Dallas currently has him listed on the depth chart as the backup to Dirk Nowitzki at power forward.
Even still, in 13 starts at center in 2012-13, Wright averaged just 4.2 rebounds per game. That’s not exactly the contribution the Mavericks want from their starting center.
Then there’s Bernard James, who averaged just 2.8 points and 2.8 rebounds last season. His game still doesn’t seem ready for the NBA quite yet.
To put it bluntly: Dallas went from dreams of Dwight Howard to an absolute mess inside the paint.