Dallas is going to go with a point guard by committee, a three-headed monster this season (trying to replace Jose Calderon, who is running the triangle in New York). That said, someone has to get the ball at the start of the game, one guy has to be the lead.
That’s going to be Jameer Nelson. Gary Harris and Raymond Felton will back him up.
That always seems the logical outcome and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle confirmed it, speaking with Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.
“When we were recruiting him this summer, I told him we were looking for the best guy to be a starter for us,” Carlisle said of Nelson. “I really like Harris off the bench. That said, I think Harris is one of our three or four best players. But we’ve had a history here of bringing some of our better guys off the bench.
“At this point, Devin and I have talked about it and continue to talk about it. He’s willing to do anything. He wants to be a Maverick and wants to win.
“I like Jameer in that spot and Felton, he’s going to be out the first four games. So if there were some tea leaves here, that’s what it may look like. But it’s early to commit to anything. We got to see how it goes in games.”
This is a good fit. Nelson is a veteran guy who can run the team and get the ball to Dirk Nowitzki, or he can be a spot up shooter when Monta Ellis is attacking or Nowitzki is kicking out.
Plus it keeps Harris, who comes with more quickness, in a sixth man/change of pace roll. And Felton, he can get minutes whenever there are extras.
The rotation is going to shift and change over the course of the season, but look for Carlisle to lean heavily on Nelson. He’s the best option they have.