What Team Should OJ Mayo Play For?
Mayo should go play for another team who will use mayo for what he does best which is to just be a talented scorer and shooter. I actually blame coach Rick Carlisle for mayo's lack of scoring production in the second half of the season. He simply was not used properly in the last 2 months of the season. Dallas runs an equal opportunity offense that relies on a lot of ball movement, pick & roll options, and pick & pop options. And thus they really did not run a lot of individual offensive plays for mayo that involved isolation sets or plays that involved mayo running off screens & pindowns. Coach Rick Carlisle also asked OJ Mayo to not focus on being a scorer with-in the second half of the season and to focus more on being an unselfish playmaker. And with-in the last 2 months of the season OJ basically embraced the role of not being a ball stopper, he embraced the need to improve his decision making habits with-in pick and roll situations, he embraced the need to move the ball to improve court spacing & team offensive efficiency, he embraced the need to make the extra pass to create better offensive opportunities for his teammates, and he embraced the need to improve his ability to read the defense which has enhanced his draw and kick passing skills. The good result was that he made less turnovers and his assist rate went up. The bad result is that he became a reluctant shooter who shot less ( With-in the last two months of the season, he averaged about 9 shots a game, which naturally caused his scoring average to go down ).
OJ Mayo greatest skill is that he is a talented scorer and shooter.
1. He's a great isolation scorer who can utilize a variety of offensive skills to create scoring opportunities for himself (example: he can utilize very good balance & body control on the perimeter, jabsteps, stepbacks, shotfakes from every angle, 1-2 dribble pull-ups, he can make difficult fadeaways with ease, he's also a very skilled ball-handler, who can utilize a variety of dribble moves to create space and driving lanes for himself )
2. He's great running off screens and pin-downs with-in catch & shoot and catch & drive situations.
3. He's also a dynamic offensive player within transition offense ( each year he's always one of the league leaders in fast break points )
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oXOUK3CH90 ( mayo showing his offensive skills )
OJ is a scorer similar to Jamaal Crawford, JR Smith, and Ben Gordon. And should be used simply as a scorer, either as the starting shooting guard or as the 6th man coming off the bench
Also when dirk came back, Coach Rick Carlisle started to run the offense threw dirk and did not make sure that mayo stayed aggressive as a scorer. And thus his numbers gradually started to go down. Which was foolish coaching in my opinion, because a smart coach will always take advantage of what a player does well. Which will naturally help that player consistently play at a high level through doing what he or she does well.
I believe simply that mayo is a very good, but not elite player in the NBA. Basically mayo can be a great second or third offensive option on a very good team. But I also believe that when OJ Mayo is being a confident, aggressive, and creative scorer. When OJ Mayo is being a dynamic playmaker ( creating offense for others, playing solid defense, getting steals, rebounding at a high level, etc), and when OJ Mayo is being a efficient decision maker. That is when OJ is playing at his best and playing like a All-Star type of player.
Now OJ just needs to play for a coach that is going to allow him to simply do what he does well. Which is be a talented scorer and shooter.
O.J should play for my wolves.. we lack of a pure scorer.. and play next to rubio can really help him.
I could see him either back in Dallas, I'm sure Boston is going to try and get him. They almost traded Allen for him last year if I'm not mistaken. Doesn't Portland have cap room? Lilliard, Mayo, Batum, Aldridge sound good on paper. Some people have said Bulls. Mayo is a huge upgrade over Hamilton and with Rose back to 100 % that could be an interesting backcourt.
1.Derrick Rose and OJ Mayo: Damn that would be something special!!!!!!
2.Rajon Rondo And OJ Mayo: They would be a big problem against many teams
3.Damian Lillard And OJ Mayo: They play so much alike, they would really compliment each other very well
4.Ricky Rubio And OJ Mayo: This will probably happen, because Minnesota is in desperate need of a shooting guard who can consistently create offense for himself at a very high level
5.Tyreke Evans And OJ Mayo ( In Dallas ): Both are former high school prodigies, both are free agents, and they will be very fun to watch play together
6. OJ Mayo And Eric Gordan: Damn that would be something special!!!!!
7. Goran Dragic And OJ Mayo: They might work well together
Mayo cares only about Mayo and not winning. If you want to win don't take him.
^^^You clearly haven't seen a Dallas Mavericks game this year. Rick Carlisle turned Mayo into a team player, who was more then willing (on several occasions) to sacrifice his shots for the good of others.
I agree, but he also started to become too unselfish, who lacked the aggressiveness needed to be a dynamic offensive threat. Picture JR Smith, Jamaal Crawford, Allen Iverson, and Eric Gordan being too unselfish and turning down opportunities to create offense for themselves. They would turn into average players.
If your a great scorer, be a great scorer. Don't stop doing what you do well.
Exactly! Rick Carlisle did and not OJ , that is his problem. OJ Mayo wouldn't of tried to conform to the team had he not had Carlisle. He comes across as unprofessional because it's about OJ but OJ doesn't seem to be willing to do what it takes to make himself the best he can be. Just wants to "stack cheese" and put up meaningless stats when it comes to W-L. Carlisle was tired of his mess by the end of the season.
OJ Mayo is a better basketball player now than he was in Memphis, but he still has plenty of work to do on his game.
He has to learn to play the game the right way AND still be aggressive. I thought that he got passive once Dirk Nowitzki returned. He still has to get better playing off of other players IMO.
Mayo has to continue to make the needed and right play. Because their were times during the season when Dallas needed mayo to be a very aggressive scorer and then he would because of his unselfishness pass the ball, when in reality he needed to shoot the ball
To keep it real, mayo has all the talent and all the skills. He just needs to make the adjustments in his decision making habits that allows him to be both a dynamic scorer when needed and dynamic playmaker when needed who can use his passing skills to create offensive opportunities for others. When he can do both at the needed time based on how the defense is guarding him. Then he will easily become a all-star in the NBA
Detroit could be an interesting fit. This team lacks a go to scorer and Mayo could fill that role.
Here is my question about OJ Mayo. What position will he play?
At times in Dallas (once Dirk returned) he started to play more of a facilitator role and was continually get 5,6,7 assists per game. So moving forward is he a 1 or 2. I remember Billups comparisons earlier in his career and I am only just now starting to see them.
If he were going to play the 2 spot I would think Chicago, Phoenix (If the lottery doesn't land them McLemore) or Minnesota.
As a one I can potentially see him returning to Dallas if they didn't get a guy like Jennings who is desperate it seems to get out of Milwaukee.
There are also 2 wildcards for me in there one is the Charlotte who just need talent and scoring which Mayo could no doubt give them if they get a guy like Noel in the draft.
The other team is Detroit as they may view Mayo as an upgrade over Knight (which IMO he is), again that could be at the 1 or 2. With the shooting ability of Mayo to go with Monroe and Drummond down-low could be very interesting indeed.
I am a fan of OJ Mayo and I really want to see him in a successful situation that allows him to get the most out of his abilities, all that being said for me personally I would like to see him in Dallas being molded as a PG ala Chauncey Billups.
Mayo cannot play the point! Would be a disaster.
Who ever pays him the most? It's not like he has been banking in a max deal recently.
the Lakers can't afford him but I'm sure he'd be a nice fit there
OJ is a volume scorer. He has to have a lot of shots to score. He's very inefficient and is a high turnover guy. You obviously overrate his value. With that being said, he'd be an upgrade for Chicago. But Mayo is a better than serviceable, undersized 2guard.