Rick Carlisle ‘didn’t believe’ in Rajon Rondo, Dennis Smith Jr.
Before the Dallas Mavericks had Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic, the franchise attempted multiple times to look for a point guard that can replace Jason Kidd, the Hall of Famer who helped them win the 2010-11 NBA Finals. Between 2012 and 2018, they tried their luck on a veteran in Rajon Rondo and a rookie in Dennis Smith Jr.
Unfortunately, both had underwhelming stints with the Mavericks.
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle explained why it didn’t work with Rajon Rondo and Dennis Smith Jr., per ESPN’s Tim McMahon.
“When we had people here who didn’t think they needed to learn anything, that’s when we’d run into conflicts.”
Carlisle reportedly had doubts about how Rondo would fit the team even before the Mavs traded for him back in 2014. And true enough, the veteran guard had a problematic five-month stint with the franchise before leaving them in 2015.
As for Smith, the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft started to have problems with the Mavericks when the team acquired Doncic last season. Dallas tried to work things out with him, but they were unsuccessful, which forced them to include him in the trade package which was sent to the New York Knicks in exchange for Kristaps Porzingis.
Fortunately, after five seasons of experimenting, the Mavericks found their point guard of the future, and he’s not just an ordinary floor general. He’s Luka Doncic, a potential NBA superstar who’s already setting various records despite playing in the league for less than two seasons.
The future is bright for the Mavericks.