Matrix Reloaded

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Matrix Reloaded

There was a time a few years back when Mavericks starting Forward Shawn Marion was a top 5 selection in all Fantasy Basketball formats.  In his second season in the league, Marion averaged 17 points and close to 11 rebounds per game, signifying signs of what was to come, as Marion would become one of the most feared players in the league.

He was an efficient scorer (20 ppg average), a monstrous rebounder (over 10 rpg average over a 10 season span), a master thief (over 2 steals per game average, 7 times) and a beast down low with well over 1 block per contest (phenomenal for 6-7).  These are by no means pedestrian statistics.  He was an impact player for the Phoenix Suns and a major contributor to the Suns successes over the years. 

Marion is, and forever will be known as one of the most versatile players in league history (Thus the nickname The Matrix).  His ability to play the 2, 3 or 4 and guard nearly any position made him an impact player in the league and why his 9th overall selection in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Suns such a steal.  Although the 99’ Draft was star-studded (Brand, Francis, Odom, Baron, Hamilton, Andre Miller) Marion arguably was as a major find/steal by Phoenix at 9.

After 8 incredible seasons in Phoenix, Marion was traded and the carousel of his career began.  Within a span of 2 years, Marion was moved from Phoenix to Miami, Miami to Toronto and Toronto to Dallas.  Marion was unable to establish himself and find his place on either Miami or Toronto and struggled as he produced some of the lowest statistical seasons of his career.  There is an evolution of Marion’s numbers that can be seen if you follow his career.  His impact became less noticeable year over year and the one true asset he had going for him was his persona, which enabled him to remain relevant.  Marion had always been known as one of the best players in the league and although he was looking long in the tooth and struggled at times, he remained relevant.

Marion is no longer a 20 point per game scorer, nor does he average over 10 rebounds per game.  This past year however, Marion proved that he is still relevant in this league.  Dallas played their usual brand of quality basketball (57-25) and although he wasn’t called upon to score and rebound like Marion of old, what the Mavs got was a high-impact player that was a difference-maker.  His numbers weren’t flashy, but as the Mavs push through the Playoffs and currently sit tied with the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Marion is doing what he does, or did best.

As the Playoffs go forward, it looks as though Marion is getting younger as his stats are getting higher the longer the Mavs run goes:

1st Round vs. Portland: 10.5ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.0apg, .8spg, .8bpg

2nd Round vs. Lakers:    8.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.8apg, .8spg, .8bpg

3rd Round vs. Thunder: 14.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, 1.4bpg

Finals vs. Miami (2 games) 18ppg, 9rpg, 3.5apg, 1spg, 1bpg

His impact is clear if you have been watching the Playoffs this year.  He has turned back the hands of time and may have found a time machine that has enabled him to go back to his younger years when he was a force in this league.  He has been buzzing around the court, stealing balls and leading fast breaks as the Mavericks now find themselves tied at one in the NBA Finals heading home for 3 straight games.  He has been swarming the Heat with his aggressive defense, dropping his unorthodox jump shot and dropping his ever so effective tear drop layup play after play and looks like he won’t slow down until a Championship is in his grasp.

Marion is a 4-time NBA All Star, and a player who has earned over $100 million dollars in salaries in his career.  With his performance this season and specifically the Playoffs it looks like Shawn Marion knows that his window of opportunity may be closing after 12 seasons in the league.

With his play at such a high level, it’s no wonder the 2010/2011 version of Marion has to be re-nicknamed The Matrix Reloaded.

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  1. G-Whizz, 9 years ago Reply

    Matrix was $$$$$ in the bank this year in my bball pool…the man has been putting up solid numbers all year!!

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