Peja’s Back…Again

Posted by By at 28 January, at 17 : 35 PM Print

On January 24th the Dallas Mavericks signed the owner of one of the smoothest, most effortless looking jump shots I’ve had the privilege of watching in the NBA over the past decade or so. Peja Stojakovic is trying to make one last go of a career that has been derailed by nagging back & knee injuries the last 4 seasons. Where exactly he will fit into Rick Carlisle’s rotation is yet to be seen, but with the recent injuries to Dirk Nowitzki and Caron Butler some front court depth was needed behind Shawn Marion.

While no one is expecting Peja to be at the level he was at from 2000-2005, when he averaged 168 3′s a season and 21ppg, the Mavericks 23rd ranked offense of 96.7 ppg could use some extra firepower. If there’s one thing I’ve seen from watching Dale Ellis, Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, and Dell Curry play well into their 30′s is that, baring injuries, shooters can shoot.

He’ll need some time to get into game shape after not playing since late November, but for Dallas the investment is minimal. He’ll need to tighten up the D as this year’s Mavs are looking a lot like the Avery Johnson teams where D is a focus. But looking at a roster with Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, DeShawn Stevenson, and throw in a healthy Peja, the Mavericks have the ability to make it rain in American Airlines Center in a ” won’t get a phone call from the NBA commissioner” kind of way.

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  1. Deep 3, 6 years ago Reply

    Peja is washed up !!

    Although i agree with your statement

    “one thing I’ve seen from watching Dale Ellis, Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, and Dell Curry play well into their 30?s is that, baring injuries, shooters can shoot.”

    Peja knees injuries have slowed him down to the point where I’m not sure if he would even make a euro ball team !!!!


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