Friday, September 25th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  18 responses

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.”‘

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  • Prodi

    Sorry Ericka

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Is there a new version of “Dallas” in the works? Because this is starting to sound like it’s going to be a long drawn out soap opera in Mavericks Land.

  • mamadou n’diaye

    (culturally outdated) zinger alert!

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276.html chiqo

    technically he’s seating dampier. the seats are on the bench. everyone knows what’s going on. if not for guaranteed contracts, dampier would have been out of the league a while ago.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Does Gooden even play defense? Oh wait, he won’t have to with Marion there..

  • rikson

    Dont sleep on gooden – this guy has amazing handling for a guy his size….

  • DallasJ

    this happens every year.. he’s always starting again by the playoffs

  • heartlandG

    Starting squad anybody????
    J Kidd, J Howard, Dirk, Gooden, Dampier > Kidd, J Howard, Marion, Dirk Gooden
    …I’d go with the size

    they got a stoopid squad

  • la huey

    Damp definitely seems like one of those guys who sees playing pro ball strictly as a job so he’s probably thinking “So I get paid the same to sit more? Deal!”

  • mdshuai

    @ heartland: go with size? That would force the mavs into a halfcourt game, effectively neutralizing Kidd’s greatest asset: the fast break.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    Yay Receed Wallace!

  • Anony Mous

    The lineup should be Kidd, Terry, Howard, Marion, Dirk. Then like 5 mins into the game with a lead, put Howard at the 2, Marion at the 3, Dirk and Gooden so the defense will be solid and keep guys fresh. I don’t understand why Terry has to come off the bench. I don’t really get Heartland’s comment either… each of those guys has the ability to average 8 or more rebounds a game, and they obviously wouldn’t. They should use the generic lineup with Dirk and Gooden against defensive teams, and put Marion at the 4 against teams like GS.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I thought Gooden woulda been a multiple All-Star by now. Dude was sick at Kansas. Consider this: When the Cavs lost Carlos Boozer, the 34th pick in the 2002 NBA draft, to free agency, they picked up Drew Gooden, the 4th overall pick in the same draft, HOPING he could come close to equaling Boozer’s production. How the mighty have fallen.

  • http://bballin_playa66@hotmail.com knock

    Lebrn’s not known for making his teammates better tho, boozers stats were low because of his dominating the ball, same with gooden, same with mo will. It’s hard to be a cav if your not “the chosen one” your prollie not gonna get 15 shots up.

  • Shem

    i say they start: jkidd, the jet, josh howard, shawn marion and dirk at center it would make a great run and gun team and marion is too good to be coming off the bench… would you rather be starting dampier or marion?

  • Donovan Phelan

    I think i just found my nba 2k10 squad!!!!

  • http://dillanleuyahoo.com Holy Baller

    When the heck has Drew Gooden become a center?! That’s just ridiculous. Dude couldn’t guard a chair, how could he guard guys like Yao Ming and Shaq on a nightly basis?

  • C-Mac

    hey a lineup of Kidd, Howard, Marion, Dirk, Gooden and Terry and Dampier as first guys off the bench dont sound bad to me