Dallas consists of tall players. Height is a noticeable characteristic of bench players, starters, and injured individuals. Kemba Walker is the shortest player in the lineup (not counting McKinley Wright). Hardy and Franke are 6’ 3" and 6’ 4" on record, respectively. Pinson, Green, Hardaway, and Dinwiddie are 6’ 4" or 6’ 5"- different sources do not share the same data. Someone can argue the stat is irrelevant to the issues causing Dallas to play .500 basketball. However, I did notice the frontcourt does not consist of the following:
- The modern, athletic guard-forward
- Agile and defensive stretch 4
- Big with an offensive or defensive paint presence
The frontcourt cannot help guards held up by a full-court press. Someone can argue the frontcourt cannot stop the opposite team from trappint=g Luka- I have to believe the forwards cannot break a half-court press without assistance from Luka or other guards.
I also noticed all of the talented players on the team (excluding Kemba) are tall veterans that play alongside Luka or the front court. Hardy isn’t in the conversation because the sample size is small- I believe he has the potential to be a good player. I would make the same argument for Josh Green. The sample size of his improved hoop skills (referring to his play during the current season) is small. Kemba is good, but I would question his ability to perform at a high level until he consistently plays when the team needs him. Excluding the three players, the talented players for Dallas are 6’ 5" or taller.
Someone could assume a team consisting of big, tall players could dominate the board or challenge teams defensively. Realistically, Dallas lacks guards capable of defending players 6’ 4" and under or athletic individuals capable of playing guard or forward. Additionally, the Mavericks struggle with stopping people from penetrating out of their zone defense.
Just a thought-