More and more former Cats are appearing on NBA rosters each year. So naturally more and more former Cats are appearing in the NBA Playoffs each year too. A recent Woj bomb probably ensures that Willie Cauley-Stein will see his first playoff action when springtime rolls around.
Cauley-Stein spent the first three years of his career in Sacramento. With the exception of the Chris Webber, Jason Williams, Mike Bibby, Bobby Jackson, Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic years the Kings have been languishing in awfulness. DeMarcus Cousins spent several years there before moving on. You have to wonder if De’Aaron Fox will eventually do the same thing.
After four seasons in Sacramento he signed with Golden State but they were facing at least one inevitable down season. Kevin Durant had moved on via free agency, Klay Thompson was going to be lost for the season after sustaining a knee injury in the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors. Steph Curry has been lost for the bulk of the season due to a wrist injury.
Different team, same situation.
Now he joins a Dallas Mavericks team that is currently 28-16 (5th in the Western Conference) heading into their game tonight against the Utah Jazz. They acquired Cauley-Stein to replace the loss of Dwight Powell who was lost for the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Luka Doncic is a beast and the obvious face of the franchise. There are a lot of other guys there who, like Cauley Stein, are using Dallas as a new start. Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr were traded there. Courtney Lee has been around for a while. Seth Curry’s journey hasn’t been anywhere near as smooth as Steph’s. It’s easy to see how these guys can have a chip on their shoulder. They’re playing well and are positioned to have a nice second half of the season.
As a Rockets fan, I can’t ever root for the Mavs in any way. But it will be nice to see WCS playing some meaningful basketball in April, May and maybe beyond.