Can Mayo be as clutch as Terry?

This is the fourth installment of a series called “Missed or Not Missed?”. The concept is simple -- we take a look at a few Western Conference teams and determine if the players they’ve lost will be missed or if the player they brought in will make them forget that loss.

In this piece, we look at the Dallas Mavericks.

The Mavericks couldn’t haul in the big fish this summer and resorted to plan B. The aging Jason Terry wasn’t asked to come back and O.J. Mayo was brought in to fill the void.

Can Dallas get Mayo to produce offensively like he did in his 1st 2 seasons with Memphis and fill the void Terry left?

Clutch performer

Crunch-Time Production
Last 2 Seasons

Along with Dirk Nowitzki, Terry was called on to come up big in tight games.

He proved he could be counted on over the last two seasons, posting a higher PER than Nowitzki in crunch time.

In just six more games than Mayo, Terry outscored him 225-109 and had the advantage in terms of field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage, as noted in the chart on the right

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Production Per 36 Minutes
Last 3 Seasons

Both Terry and Mayo are streaky scorers with almost unlimited range. The big difference is Terry is 35 years old and has already peaked. Mayo turns 25 in November and has yet to scratch the surface.

When looking at per-36 minute-performance over the last three seasons, , Mayo has averaged just a point and a half fewer than Terry and nearly equaled or bettered his shooting percentages.