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However, Anderson has regressed so far this season. He’s right back to where he was a year ago, as a wide-eyed rookie: a fringe rotation player trying to find his place in the NBA. He’s struggling to find a rhythm after creating a niche during Dallas’ playoff push last season as a complementary piece alongside Dirk Nowitzki and J.J. Barea, two Mavs mainstays who are out due to injuries. “Right now, I’m just trying to figure out a way to help our team win,” Anderson said. “Whether that’s encouraging or being ready at all times. I’ve got to be ready.”
With this season clearly gone sour, the Dallas Mavericks may be on the verge of getting someone back who can help make things a little sweeter. Forward Dirk Nowitzki, who has played in only five of the Mavs’ first 22 games because of a strained right Achilles, could be ready for practice next week, according to owner Mark Cuban. “Hopefully he’ll start practicing next week, so we’ll see,” Cuban said prior to Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers. “I’ve been saying a lot of hopefullys the whole season, so I’m not making any predictions.”
Cuban, the outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner who declared during last season’s playoffs that Westbrook wasn’t a superstar, said he still isn’t convinced even though Westbrook is on pace to be the first player to average a triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1962-63. “He’s putting up superstar numbers. That’s for damn sure,” Cuban said of Westbrook as the Thunder took on the Houston Rockets on Friday night. “I’m not taking anything away from what he’s been able to accomplish, but I’m not going to change my definition. He’s putting up superstar numbers. You can’t deny that.”
Dirk Nowitzki received the Derek Harper Assist Award at halftime of Friday’s game against Indiana. The award, given by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, is presented to the player who exhibited outstanding professionalism in dealing with the local community of media members during the 2015-16 season. A player from each of the 30 NBA teams, will receive this award at some point during this season.
“Dirk’s a comedian, he’s always got something to say, he’s witty, he’s fun, he’s opinionated, he doesn’t hold back,” owner Mark Cuban said. “That gets people elected President and it gets him to be the media guy of the year. “Dirk respects the game, respects the community, respects the fans and isn’t shy. He’s come a long way.”
Tim MacMahon: What would it take for Mark Cuban to trade the Mavs’ upcoming first-round pick? “If Herschel Walker calls me up and says, ‘That’s better than any deal I’ve ever been involved with,'” Cuban joked. With a straight face, Cuban said he’d only part with the probable top-five pick if the return was a player he considered among the NBA’s top five.