Will Drew Gooden Unseat Erick Dampier?
The Mavs may flip the script on the low block next season: “So the Mavericks went hard after the 6-10, 250-pound Drew Gooden this summer and reeled in the free agent who, as he is quick to remind, started in this league in 2002 as a small forward. The obvious question: Where this leaves Erick Dampier? And the early answer is: on the bench. When Gooden, Shawn Marion and the other new Mavericks had an introductory news conference Monday, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson was talking about the incoming talent and running through the starting lineup when he added: ‘you’ve got a runner like no other in Drew Gooden that can get up and down the court with the best of them [as a center] … and then you got Erick Dampier coming off the bench and giving you that role that you need.”‘