Once again, Tony Ronzone and the international scouting department have found another foreign veteran for the Mavs. Broekhoff spent four years in college at Valparaiso, finally earning a berth in the NCAA Tournament as Horizon League champions in his senior year. The appearance would be short-lived, however, as his team would be ousted by Michigan State in the 2nd round. Despite his impressive play, he found no interest from NBA teams, leading the Australian to sign with Turkish club Beşiktaş.
Once his two-year deal finished (with major improvement from year one to year two), he was invited to Denver’s summer league team in 2015 where he failed to impress NBA evaluators. Instead, he signed with up and coming Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban for 3 years, who had been fortunate enough to receive a one-off wildcard invite for the EuroLeague that year. Loko went on a Cinderella run that year all the way to the EuroLeague Final Four, with Broekhoff shooting a ridiculous 47% from 3 on 4 attempts per game in EuroLeague play and starting every game.
The following season, Loko was purged of 3 key starters in Malcolm Delaney, who signed with the Hawks, Anthony Randolph, who signed with Real Madrid, and Victor Claver, who signed with Barcelona. Broekhoff was less consistent, especially in the lower level EuroCup (31%), but in Europe and Russia combined he still shot 40% from 3. Last year, Loko added veteran wing Dmitry Kulagin, veteran center Frank Elegar, and former NC State standout Trevor Lacey. Loko rebounded, going undefeated in EuroCup play all the way to the finals series, where they were swept 2-0 by Turkish club Darüşşafaka. Broekhoff, despite having a down year the previous year, bounced back, shooting an insane 50.6% from 3 on 5 attempts in EuroCup play and leading his team in minutes per game despite coming off the bench in ¾ of his EuroCup games.
He went on to earn All-EuroCup first team honors, and also winning the 2017-18 VTB United League 3 Point Contest, drawing the attention of NBA teams in need of shooting. Unfortunately, Broekhoff’s season was cut short with a thumb injury in March, negatively impacting the result of the EuroCup final. With the loss of Doug McDermott, Mavs GM Donnie Nelson found an ideal, more affordable, and perhaps even better replacement.
Guard Ryan Broekhoff has agreed to a two-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell Yahoo. Guaranteed in first season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 5, 2018
* Shooting- Broekhoff has been known as a shooter throughout his career. He raises the ball clear of his head, jumps high, and has a quick trigger, limiting the window for opponents to contest, while being intelligent with his shot selection. He’s quite capable of getting himself open shots off the ball as well.
* Experience- Broekhoff has played professionally for 5 years and knows where to be on defense. He also has a knack for drawing charges, much like Salah Mejri. He knows when to make the right pass and where to move the ball, and rarely turns the ball over. Below, you’ll find two charges Broekhoff drew against 3 time Russian League MVP(15,16,18), 3-time All-EuroLeague 1st Team(16-18) and EuroLeague MVP(16) PG Nando De Colo.
* Hustle- Broekhoff looks to crash the boards from the perimeter and outruns everybody in transition, not because he is a high-level athlete, but because he is constantly outright sprinting as fast as he can. Ever since his academy days, he has had the nickname “Rowdy” because of his aggressiveness and desire on the court. Perhaps now he will be known as Rowdy B, considering the Mavs history with Roddy B.
With his hustle and experience, it would be surprising to not see Broekhoff win over Carlisle, fully replacing all the minutes McDermott had. Broekhoff’s shot translates well to the NBA, and his offensive contributions could very well surpass Doug with his rebounding ability(see the deep dive if you want to see some more of that), but Broekhoff will always be able to contribute defensively off the bench if his shot isn’t falling with his awareness and positioning at an above average level, not to mention his effort. He could very well become a fan favorite. Regardless, it’s exciting to finally have a sweet shooting, experienced, and hard-working veteran off the bench in Dallas again.