The Dallas Mavericks haven’t had to worry about a sixth man over the past few seasons considering veteran swingman Vince Carter filled the role admirably. However, with Carter now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies there is an uncertainty as to who will fill the role moving forward.
Some have suggested it may be a committee approach though Mavs.com seems to feel that Jae Crowder could have a head up on the position.
Many had hoped that Crowder would be able to challenge Carter for the role last season though things didn’t go to plan and Crowder only averaged 16-plus minutes a game. However, now with an opening off the bench, it’s possible he may snatch the opportunity and run with it.
With the 37-year-old Carter’s migration to Memphis, the Dallas Mavericks will undoubtedly need a young contributor to emerge off their bench to fill the vacant sixth man role. That responsibility could fall in the hands of third-year forward Jae Crowder, 24, or new addition Al-Farouq Aminu, who doesn’t turn 24 years old until Sept. 21.
The aforementioned Aminu hasn’t exactly fulfilled on his promise and while a talented defender, doesn’t bring the type of energy you need from a sixth man. That’s something Cowder is known for so it makes sense that he would be one of the top choices to fill the role moving forward.
For now there’s been no official choice and the Dallas Mavericks depth chart has yet to be released, though with a solid training camp it’s hard to believe that Jae Crowder won’t be Dallas’s sixth man.