Jan 7, 2012; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (left) and power forward Renaldo Balkman (right) on the bench during the first half against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks sign veteran forward Renaldo Balkman


You can never have too many quality, veteran players on the end of an NBA bench, and the Dallas Mavericks reminded the NBA world of that rule with a quiet move on Monday.

Balkman has played in over 200 career games with the Knicks and Nuggets, and while his career numbers aren’t inspiring (4.0 points, 3.5 rebounds per game), that doesn’t begin to tell the story of his potential impact. At 6-foot-8, the former South Carolina star is very long and active on the defensive end. That type of game helped to land him in the 1st round when he came out of college, and his defensive prowess is the majority of what has kept him receiving paychecks in the NBA.

The fact that Balkman can’t shoot (17% career from 3-point distance) likely keeps him away from some franchises, but as a small forward, he can provide other value that most cannot. It isn’t clear if Dallas has guaranteed him a roster spot (likely not), but Balkman is the perfect training camp addition to get things going.

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