Editor’s note: There are a few new faces in the Dallas Mavericks front office. While there were no big splashes in their first free agency they did add a piece or two that should make an impact. But we can always ask for more. So we as a staff took some time to ask: if we could add any former Maverick from the post-title years to the 2021-22 Mavericks who would it be and why? I mean, what else are we supposed to do with this down time before training camp?
There are several players from the post-title years that would be a good fit next to Luka and the rest of the 2021-22 Mavericks. I’m not here to talk about the best player. I’m not even here to talk about the best fit. I’m just here to talk about the dude that I would want to be on the team.
Delonte West played 44 games for the 2011-12 Mavericks—his last 44 games in the NBA. But in those 44 games he averaged 9.6 points, 2 rebounds, 3.2 assists while shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three.
This current iteration of the Mavericks is HURTING for a secondary creator (No, it isn’t Jalen Brunson. Shut up.) and Delonte could be that guy! 4.6 assists per 36 minutes for his career is nothing to shake a stick at. Can he knock down shots? 37.2% for his career from three! Delonte had two seasons where he attempted more than 200 threes. He shot 38.5 percent for Boston in 2006, and 39.9 percent for Cleveland in 2009. He also shot 37 percent for his career from the corners but had two seasons when he hit at least 43 percent on the short threes. Think these numbers might improve playing next to Luka gosh dang Doncic? I think you might be right.
It would also be wonderful for Dallas to have a second guy who could go get his own shot. In Delonte’s lone season in Dallas only 20.1 percent of his buckets came off of an assist. That would slot in at second (Hinton and Terry didn’t play enough to be considered) on the Mavericks of last season, behind Luka’s insane 9.5 percent.
How about a defender, do the Mavericks need those? Delonte was never a stopper, but he was always an active defensive participant on guards and smaller wings. In his 8 seasons in the league he had a positive Defensive Box Plus/Minus every year. His 2011-2012 DBPM of 1.6 would top every 2021 Maverick other than James Johnson.
I’ve buried the lede here. The reason the 2021-2022 Mavericks need 2011-2012 Delonte West is because he was a DOG. Good teams need bad dudes, and Delonte was a bad dude. Guys like Ron Artest, DeShawn Stevenson, Udonis Haslem, Draymond Green, Kyle Lowry—tough (sort of crazy) dudes are a staple of championship teams. Charlee Redz was definitely both of those things. Sometimes a team like Dallas just needs a motherf**ker, and as we all know: Delonte West is a motherf**ker.