I’m still amazed at how young this team looks after how old it looked at the beginning of the season. Credit to Donnie and Mark and Rick for sending DWill and Bogut packing mid-season. Adding Yogi Ferrell into the mix also made them look like geniuses for a few minutes. But Yogi was exposed as a bit of a streaky shooter, and when he’s off, you really can’t afford to have him on the court. He’s a shoot first point guard, and that doesn’t fit the chemistry of this team.
Keep size in mind while we pour over these scouting reports. The prototypical ideal size of a starting five in today’s NBA looks like this:
PG – 6’4″
SG – 6’6″
SF – 6’8″
PF – 6’10”
C – 7’0″
Each report was made between the player’s high school and college seasons. Let’s pull up the trusty NBADRAFT.NET evaluations of each player and see what the Mavs have going for them:
My first reaction to Yogi’s chart is “Tim Frazier who???” It’s never a good sign when the comparable player is a complete mystery.
85 is a low overall score. Yogi’s short at 6’0″, and he’s not playing out of his mind like Isaiah Thomas, which is pretty much what you have to do to get an extended shot at leading an NBA team at six foot or less.
Jump shot, quickness, and passing are the primary weapons in Yogi’s arsenal. But he caps out at 8 of 10 for those three categories, which means he’s not going to set the world on fire.
You’ll see what I mean in a minute. Let’s move on to Seth.
Seth Curry is one of my favorite players on this roster. He’s a serious underdog, shouldering the burden of a superstar name. Unlike Yogi’s 8.0 for shooting, Seth comes in at 10.0. That’s a shooting guard, folks. I don’t care what position he played at before. At 6’2″, Seth is undersized for the shooting guard position. I think his size and leadership are what earned him point guard minutes, but he’s a pure shooter. Give this kid the rock. I want him on my team, but I know he’s a size liability.
They say Wes Matthews is more of a shooting guard than a small forward. I don’t know what “they” are talking about. Wes received a mediocre score, lining up identically with Seth and Yogi. His highest grades are 8s, which makes him an above average but not star player. He received 8s for Athleticism, Defense, Strength, and NBA Ready. You never want to see a 6 rating for any category. That’s just gross. Ball Handling, Potential, and Passing were all abysmal. I’m not a Wes Matthews fan, and I’d like to see him gone. My two cents.
Harrison Barnes earns the top score of any Maverick evaluated pre-draft. That 97 is remarkable, and yet confusing given how much he disappeared on that Warriors team. Nines for four different categories, including: Strength, Jump Shot, Potential, and Intangibles.
Called the Tyson Chandler of this generation, Nerlens Noel is the brightest spot with the greatest risk. Is he injury prone, or will he manage to stay a healthy contributor? Noel scored tens in Athleticism, Defense, and Potential. That’s remarkable. His post skills and jump shot need work, but he’s not far from the upper crust. His presence in the middle completely changes the game for Dallas.
And then you have French Frank. He’s not a Maverick YET, but the odds are greatly in his favor. A score of 94 is encouraging, although NBA Ready and Strength categories are his weaknesses. Not elite at any particular sphere of the game, but Frank is very good at most aspects. He has a promising career ahead of him. He just needs to put on some muscle, improve his jump shot, improve defensive footwork, and finish at the rim.
I make a big deal bout Frank in the Facebook Group, but he’s got the skillset to be a great player. I’m not convinced he can make the adjustments necessary to be a top point guard in the NBA (see Ricky Rubio), and if he does it might take too long for this current roster to do something special.