I've always been a fan oj mayo's potential to be a star and elite level player in the nba. The first time I ever saw him play in highschool, he scored fifty points in spectacular fashion, and showed a all around advanced skill level that proved to me that he was destined to easily develop into a future great player in the NBA. But because of being forced to play a limited role for memphis. He just never really developed into the great player he had the potential to be. Now he has been given a second chance to reach his full potential with dallas. A team, a organization, and a coaching staff that is dedicated to helping oj mayo reach his full potential as a basketball player. It is really going to be fun to watch oj mayo play this year. And I wll make a bold prediction by saying that oj mayo will be an allstar this year and help make dallas the third best team in western conference and a potential contender for a championship title. To all the young developing basketball players out there, OJ Mayo will be a great example this year of how inorder to be great, you have to work on developing into a great player through the utilization of dedicated effort and play for a coaching staff or organization that will give you the fullest opportunity to achieve the greatness you desire.
Examples Of Players Who Didn't Become Great Players Until They Played For The Right Team, Organization, and Coaching Staff:
1. Chauncy Billups Was Traded To many teams early in his career, before he developed into a great player for the Detroit piston's
2. Joe Johnson was a lottery pick for the boston celtics and was traded away early with-in his rookie year, before finally developing into a great player with the phoenix suns
3. Tracy Mcgrady spent three incosistent years in toronto, before finally developing into a great player with the orlando magic
4. Steve Nash went from being a two time allstar in dallas, to becoming a two time MVP and hall of Famer Playing in Phoenix under Mike Dantonie's run and gun offensive schemes
5. Jalen Rose was a lottery pick and looked like a bust for the denver nuggets, before finally developing into a very good player for the indiana pacers and chigago bulls
OJ Mayo Talking About His Dedication To Be Great
Mavs have big plans for O.J. Mayo
Updated: September 10, 2012, 9:29 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
Dallas signed Mayo, the third overall pick in the 2008 draft, to a one-year, $4 million deal with a player option for a second season after he spent four often frustrating seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Mayo's best statistical season was his rookie year, when he averaged 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He posted similar but slightly lower numbers the next season, and his statistics declined significantly while serving as the Grizzlies' sixth man the last two years.
Mayo was one of several acquisitions the Mavs made after after their attempt to lure Deron Williams to Dallas was unsuccessful.
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"We went on the option for the big free agent. That didn't work out. Honestly, that wasn't my first choice," owner Mark Cuban said Monday. "Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don't do and they lead to better things. And I think that's what happened now."
Dallas also got Elton Brand on a waiver claim from Philadelphia, signed free agent Chris Kaman, and acquired Darren Collison and Dahntay Jones in a trade from Indiana. All those moves were made in July.
The Mavs hope Mayo, who is expected to start at shooting guard in Dallas' revamped lineup, will end up being the best bargain of this summer's free agency class.
"I think he can be a star," said Cuban, who insists he sees a long-term future for Mayo in Dallas. "And I think O.J. knows that this is his make-or-break, who-am-I-really-going-to-be-in-this-league year. Coach (Rick Carlisle) is going to give him that opportunity. We'll see what happens."
The Mavs are counting on Mayo, who averaged 12.6 points in 26.8 minutes per game for Memphis last season, to fill departed free agent Jason Terry's role as Dirk Nowitzki's scoring sidekick while playing an all-around game.
"Definitely, we want to keep Dirk's window open as long as possible to win another championship," Brand said. "We're hungry because we don't have championships and he does. Hopefully, we make his job a lot easier."
Philadelphia used its one-time amnesty provision in the new CBA to let Brand go, and the Mavs won the waiver claim. The 33-year-old two-time All-Star will make $18.1 million in the final season of a five-year contract that will be paid mostly by the 76ers.
"I've still got a lot left in the tank," Brand said. "I feel great."
Mayo thinks he has improved since his rookie year. He's eager for the opportunity to prove it.
"Being an elite player in this league and being able to bring it night in and night out is a big step for me," Mayo said. "That's what I want to prove this year. Being a starter guard in this league and player for a great team like the Dallas Mavericks, I can be an elite player night in and night out."
Added Carlisle: "His best basketball is ahead of him."
Mayo said one of the reasons he chose Dallas over teams that were offering more money -- albeit not the lucrative, long-term deal he hoped to get -- was because of Carlisle's reputation for developing young players. Mayo specifically cited the impact Carlisle made on Chauncey Billups' career in Detroit, which Billups emphasized while encouraging Mayo to play for Carlisle.
Mayo arrived in Dallas a month ago to begin daily workouts with Carlisle, saying he "gave my whole game" to the coach to refine.
"Put it this way: He's working his butt off, he's got the talent and he's got the opportunity," Cuban said. "Nobody's going to be pushing harder for him to succeed than us."
- My Scouting Report On OJ Mayo
When I watch OJ Mayo play, he has a skill set that is very similar to Ben Gordon and Joe Dumars. Like Ben Gordon, OJ Mayo is a very talented scorer and shooter, who has the ability to create and make very difficult shots against very tough defense. His main weapon is his jump shot, which he can make from any and every angle. He has very good offensive footwork on the perimeter ( he can utilize very good balance & body control on the perimeter, jabsteps, stepbacks, shotfakes from every angle, 1-2 dribble pull-ups, he can make difficult fadeaways with ease, he moves well with-out the ball in catch & shoot and catch & drive situations). He really is a very talented scorer, who at times can become a guard who's simply too hard to guard. The only things that he needs to work on to become an even better offensive player, is to simply challenge himself to become more confident in his slashing ability ( which can be easily done, because he's a very skilled ballhandler, who can utilize a variety of dribble moves to create space and driving lanes for himself ). He also needs to work on maximizing his finishing ability around the rim. Which will turn him into a guard who can consistently get 20 -25 ppg with ease every game.
Great Examples Of OJ Mayo's Offensive Talent & Ability:
Like Joe Dumars, OJ Mayo is a solid defender and a true combo guard, who plays with a tremendous amount of poise, confidence, toughness, and unselfishness. He's the kind of player who's willing to take the big shot or make the extra pass to create better offensive opportunities for his teammates. And like Joe Dumars, OJ Mayo will be a great combo guard playing alongside a great point guard, where he can share playmaking, ball handling, and decision making duties with the point guard, but be asked to do what he does best. Which is score and shoot the ball at a very high level while playing the shooting guard position.
I've been very impressed with the potential and upside that oj mayo posesses , and I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of player he develops into within the next coming years.
Major Weaknesses That Mayo Needs To Work On To Reach His Full Potential:
- Improve his defensive consistency and ability to win the battle for space and angles against very good offensive players ( because he goes through periods where he looks like a dynamic & high level defender, and then he goes through periods where he takes rest breaks on the defensive end, and will at times apply too much or too little defensive pressure, and give away driving angles that good offensive players will take advantage of )
- Continue to work on becoming a true combo guard, who can play both the point guard and shooting guard positions equally well
- Utilize his great ball handling skills more and challenge himself to become more confident in his slashing ability ( which can be easily done, because he's a very skilled ballhandler, who can utilize a variety of dribble moves to create space and driving lanes for himself )
- Work on maximizing his finishing ability around the rim ( which can be easily done, because he has a variety of shots that he can utilize that will help him finish shot opportunities around the rim at a high level ) and work on getting to the freethrow line more
Sometimes it takes a player a couple years longer to figure it out than their peirs (like Rose and Love) but another player from that same draft class is in the same boat (Beasley). These guys were freshmen coming out of college and it takes time. Luckily for Mayo he's in probably the best situation possible playing in Dallas. I think he'll have a bit of a breakout and then continue improving each year for a while.As for Beasley it's really up to him to decide if he wants to be a professional or not. They're older and more mature (hopefully) and this is the year they should/could take that step to being very good players.
Mayo and Beasley were my two favorite players from that dominant high school class of 2007. After they both had fantastic freshman years in college, I thought they were destined for stardom. Mayo had a great rookie year, and Beasley flashed enough brilliance to keep my hopes up. I really just thought Mayo eneded up in the wrong situation in Memphis however, because that team went from being in a youth movement to all of a sudden aquiring veterans (Z-Bo, Battier, Tony Allen) and suddenly they were a contender. Mayo's development kind of got lost in the shuffle. I'm really happy that he's in Dallas playing for a Coach and Owner who still see that star potential in him. The main reason why I think Mayo has a better chance of reaching his potential than Beasley does is because I think Mayo is much more of a professional who will truly put in the work to become a star. Beasley on the other hand has me very worried. I'm starting to think that he's just happy to be in the NBA collecting a paycheck and putting up decent stats. I hope I'm wrong because I literally used to be the biggest Beasley fan around, I just don't think he wants it nearly as bad as Mayo does
Great post and I am pulling for Oj mayo as well.
I used to be a OJ fan before I found out he was older than everyone in highschool. I think his potential is not all that high. He could average 18.5 ppg for a few years but not that much more than that. He had what was a steriod or w33d issue (maybe both) and had to sit out a bunch of games. He will never be an above average defender on a team with Dirk, Brand and Vince Carter can all be on the court at the same time. He is a early maturing male whose size and maturity helped people see past his lack of elite athleticism and conditioning.
DeezNutz(LOL). Let's be real, oj is only 24 years old, one year older than derrick rose, eric gordan, and micheal beasley. Who are all 23 years old. And he did not dominate games in highschool because he was physically more mature. He dominated games in high school, because at the time he was more skilled than everybody else, which was a testament to his strong passion and love for working on his game
I think OJ Mayo being a year older helped him early on, but eventually players like Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon caught up to him and passed him.
I really feel like Mayo's game has been at a standstill since his senior year of high school. He lacks the athleticism and ability to get into the lane and finish in order to be a star. He's a tweener who shoots jumpshots, and he doesn't get to the free-throw line. I honestly fill he'd be better in Jason Terry's 6th man role off of the bench.
I think he's in a good situation in Dallas though. He's playing with a real superstar in Dirk Nowitzki who makes the game easier for his teammates and has really grown into a great leader. He's also playing for a great coach, who'll figure out how to maximize his ability. He's been humbled and I no longer think he has an inflated view of himself... He'll be a better player in Dallas than he was in Memphis. He's always been a hard worker and approaches the game with a serious mindset.
I expect basically the same numbers The Jet had in Dallas in his best years. Something like 18 4 4. It's up to you if that is good or bad numbers but I don't see him having a breakout season.
Maybe injuries to Dirk or Kaman need him to shoot more but I still don't know what to expect from Roddy-B. Both of them could still be very special in the end but I just don't see it happen this season. This team is very deep and everyone will play minutes there.
Still excited about OJ this season - he can prove his doubters wrong AND is playing for a multiyear contract!
I am really pulling for OJ to show he can step in and be that next Star fo Dallas once Dirk leaves. I liked Mayo since he was drafted and just hope now is the time he puts it all together on one of my 2 favorite teams.
Alonzo Gee is making 3 a year and CJ Miles 2 a year, both only 25. If he was good then he would be making more than 4 as an unrestricted free agent, hes a lot closer to them than Gordon and Rose or even 6 a year Beasley got.Great preps will never lose there diehard supporters, Austin Rivers has more avatars on bball sites than anyone besidds Lebron and its close.
I hope he's like Gilbert Arenas was, I love OJs game. He can dribble for crap though if he has pressure on him whiles bringing the ball up court. Goodness...
hes role was to shoot Jumpers - after Lavoroni (sp) left it became a low post squad who were playing well without - Rudy -big ass contract- Gay. So he got lost in the shuffle- regarding getting to the line , how do you drive with Gasol n Randolph clogging the lane to the point where Gay has become primrily a jumpshooter.
I wish he could play a lil, jus a lil point that would help alot.
I like his skill set and think situation is EVERYTHING in the L. Say he was on them bum ass Clipper teams E.Gordon was on you dont think he wouldnt have the numbers. Or if he was playing with - Durant and Westbrook.
I hate Cuban tho ad wish he went to a different squad but I feel this will be a good year for him
Even during Mayo's first two seasons when he was the "star", he was primarily a jump shooter and only got to the line like three times per game. Even then, he didn't finish well around the rim. His outside shooting was his greatest strength his first two seasons, but he lost confidence when he was moved to the bench and has been in a shooting slump since.