Dallas Mavericks: Wayne Ellington over Jae Crowder in Mavericks' rotation?

The Dallas Mavericks seem to be sold on shooting guard Wayne Ellington, cutting into fellow guard Jae Crowder's minutes to give Ellington more time on the court.

Dallas Mavericks' coach Rick Carlisle left Ellington on the floor for 22 minutes in the Mavericks' 108-89 home drubbing of the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday--marking the second-most minutes that Wayne Ellington has logged in a game this season.

Wednesday also marked the fourth straight game in which Wayne Ellington has played 10 minutes or more, and combined with Jae Crowder's D-League assignment on Thursday, Ellington seems to be cementing a permanent spot in Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle's rotation.

As reported by ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon earlier this week, the Dallas Mavericks are impressed with the way Wayne Ellington goes about his business, as evidenced by coach Rick Carlisle's review of the five-year NBA veteran's patience on the bench--

“There hasn’t been one time all year where he’s complained or dropped his head...He’s been a real pro about it. Guys that approach it the right way are always ready when their time comes. He’s a high-character guy, even though he’s a (North) Carolina guy.”

Regardless of his ACC rival roots (Carlisle played college basketball at Virginia), the Dallas Mavericks, and especially coach Rick Carlisle, seem to be putting major stock in Wayne Ellington as the 2013-14 NBA regular season reaches its stretch run.

Stay up-to-date on everything Dallas Mavericks. Follow our Mavericks team page today.


Back to the Dallas Mavericks Newsfeed