Dallas Mavericks

Jefferson finding his niche with the Mavs

INDIANAPOLIS – Richard Jefferson has been quickly showing that he will be a solid contributor for the Dallas Mavericks this season.

During Saturday’s 98-93 loss to the Indiana Pacers, Jackson contributed a team-high tying 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, and also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 26 minutes of work.

"He shot the ball great, he played well within the system, he had a big third quarter, too,’’ coach Rick Carlisle said. "He’s a pro, he knows how to play.

"He can play two positions, so he’s a guy that’s going to be ready to help us.’’

The Mavs signed Jefferson to a free agent contract to help soften the blow after Vince Carter left Dallas to sign a free agent contract with Memphis. Carlisle described Jefferson as a "good asset’’ who is serving the Mavs well.

"(He’s a) very experienced player, still in great shape, even though he’s older,’’ Carlisle said. "He’s athletic.

"You saw him dunk one. He’s impressive, he’s a hard-hitting guy, so we like him.’’