The Dallas Mavericks got a real one in Jared Dudley as he joins the team's brain trust as an assistant coach. It shouldn't come as a surprise though as he's widely regarded in the NBA as a smart player and a great locker room presence.
As he pointed out in his Twitter post, Dudley has played with a lot of superstars in his 15-year career. He suited up alongside the likes of LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, Steve Nash, and Shaquille O'Neal. So he definitely knows how to deal with players.
Beal even echoed this, saying Dudley is “beyond ready” to fulfill his new role.
Beyond ready! Congrats big bro 🙏🏽 https://t.co/dove2khNqx
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) August 24, 2021
Dudley only played one season with Beal, during the 2015-2016 campaign, but the little time they had together surely made an impact on the Wizards main man.
With a retooled roster, including new guys Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the 28-year-old Beal will be more relied upon to lead the charge and take on a more vocal role. Dudley has always been a good motivational leader, so that's something Beal could pick up from his former teammate.
It will be interesting to see how Dudley will impact Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic, who like Beal, is tasked to carry a heavy load. Doncic has had his fair share of emotional flare-ups, so maturity is something he could learn from Dudley.
Bradley Beal was right in saying that the one-time champion is ready. But tperhaps he question now is: Is the NBA ready for Jared Dudley the assistant coach?