Among the moves the Dallas Mavericks made Wednesday in the ongoing reconstruction of the roster, one key element is missing: a 3-point marksman.
President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson places high value on shooters -- you can never have enough. That is why the 2011 Mavs acquired Peja Stojakovic, giving the eventual title team three of the top six on the NBA's all-time 3-pointers made list (along with Jason Terry and Jason Kidd). Coach Rick Carlisle has said every team needs a 3-point sharpshooter in today's NBA.
Vince Carter, 18th on the all-time 3-pointers made list, now stands as the most prolific 3-point bomber on the current roster.
The Mavs' offense has always spread the floor around Dirk Nowitzki, and now they have a penetrating point guard who can drive, collapse a defense and dish. The only question is who he'll dish it to.
* In three of Carlisle's four seasons, the Mavs have finished in the top seven in 3-pointers attempted per game, including fourth last season and fifth in 2010-11.
* In each of the last three seasons, they've finished in the top 10 in 3-pointers made.
The Mavs' backcourt as currently constructed is comprised of Collison (36.3 percent career 3-point shooter), Jones (35.4), Beaubois (33.2) and Carter (37.4), plus the unsigned Delonte West (37.2). They are not poor 3-point shooters, as their percentages indicate. The shot just isn't a big part of their games. Carter, who launched 205 3-pointers last season (which pales to Terry's team-high 365), took 34 more than Collison and Jones combined.
"I’s July 13, it’s not Sept. 27, so we feel like there’s a lot of summer left," Carlisle said. "We’re still involved in talking to a lot of different people about a lot of different situations. We love shooters. We’re going to address that as we move forward here."
So, any sharpshooters still left on the market?
Here's a look at the players and their percentages:
Marco Belinelli -- 37.7 percent and 41.4 percent the last two seasons, 39.3 percent career.
Randy Foye -- 36.6 percent career and 38.8 percent last season on career-high 329 attempts in 65 games.
O.J. Mayo -- 37.5 percent career, and in four seasons never finished below 36.4 percent.
Michael Redd -- 38.0 percent career, but knee injury nearly ended career; shot just 31.8 percent last season.
Carlos Delfino -- 36.2 percent career and has averaged 339.5 attempts the last two seasons.
Mickael Pietrus -- 35.7 percent career, and hasn't been above 34.2 percent in the last two seasons.
Leandro Barbosa -- 39.1 percent career and six seasons shot 37.5 percent or better.
Raymond Felton -- 33.0 percent for career; 38.5 percent with Charlotte in 2009-10 and 45.9 percent in 21 games with Denver last season.
Jason Kapono -- 43.4 percent career; released by Cleveland in March after being traded from Lakers
Jose Calderon (available via trade or if amnestied) -- 38.1 percent career and 37.1 last season; was headed to career-high attempts in full-schedule season.