Andrew Bogut down again.
Playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Andrew Bogut would go down with a hamstring injury and did not return. With Bogut out, it allowed Salah Mejri to play 10 minutes. Mejri would score two points and grab three rebounds in that time.
It doesn’t seem as though the center can stay healthy this season. Bogut has always had his injury problems, but this beyond normal for the big guy.
He has missed 17 of the 39 games thus far and has only played 520 minutes. He has been up for trade, but his injuries are going to keep any shoppers away. Bogut was diagnosed with a right hamstring strain. Watch for Mejri and Dwight Powell to get more looks while he is down.
— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) January 10, 2017
Bogut would go on to miss the game in Mexico against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. The Mavericks would go on to win that game 113-108. For Mejri he played 16 minutes and scored four points with seven rebounds and two steals to go along with two blocks. Powell was good for 15 minutes, ten points, five rebounds, two blocks, and two steals.
— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) January 12, 2017
The interesting part about Bogut is that his hamstring is not torn, but the trainers and coaching staff are sure not rushing him back. As of today, head coach Rick Carlisle has mentioned that he will be out for “the near future.”
Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will be out for the near future, Rick Carlisle says.
— Eddie Sefko (@ESefko) January 14, 2017
So now what does this mean for the Dallas Mavericks (12-27) that are tied for the last place in the Western Conference? As reported, look for both Powell and Mejri to carry a lot of that weight. But, Carlisle also mentioned that Seth Curry may start depending on the matchup. I can very well see Curry getting more minutes regardless of the situation.
On the season, Curry has 355 points in 917 minutes to go along with 75 rebounds, 96 assists, and 41 steals. He is a lock-down defensive player, so that should help the Mavericks. Curry got the start at the forward position against the Suns. He saw 24 minutes of action and added 12 points, four rebounds, and three steals.
#Mavs coach Rick Carlisle on G Seth Curry: "He’s done extremely well and he’s sneaky good at the defensive end on metrics and analytics."
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) January 14, 2017
Curry is smallish at only 6’2 and weighs just 185 pounds, so don’t expect him to get up in that key and bang around the bodies. He is outstanding playing off the ball as a catch-and-shoot specialist and makes great plays with the ball in his hand. He is accurate like his brother Stephen Curry. Look for him to play the pick-and-role with Dirk Nowitzki.
I believe that of the three players (Powell, Mejri, Curry) that Curry makes the better selection for your free-agent needs. He has an 8.7 percent ownership in ESPN leagues.