Delonte West – Signed for the minimum salary, it looks like West will be a bargain. He’s the primary backup point guard but has started the last two games at shooting guard. He’s been a bright spot during the defending champions’ 0-3 start, averaging 9.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals in 24.3 minutes per game. The high-energy seven-year veteran was the Mavs’ second best player in the close loss to the Thunder, stuffing the box score with 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, six assists, four rebounds and two steals. The Mavs’ hope was that West could replace J.J. Barea’s playmaking ability and DeShawn Stevenson’s toughness. After a few games, that doesn’t appear to be far-fetched.
Lamar Odom – Has there been a more disappointing player in the NBA during the first week of the season? Odom, a multiskilled forward who was the Sixth Man of the Year for the Lakers last season, looks totally lost with his new team. Coming off a career-best .530 shooting percentage, Odom has misfired on all but four of his first 27 field goal attempts for the Mavericks. He only has two assists in three games and appears to be out of shape, affecting his ability to defend. The Mavs have been outscored by 43 points during the 63 minutes Odom has been on the floor.