Free-agent profile: Peja Stojakovic
This is the 21st post in a series of free-agent profiles that analyze a particular player and how he might fit in with the Lakers.
Dallas Mavericks small forward Peja Stojakovic
Type of free agent: Unrestricted
Positives: After the Mavericks picked up Stojakovic midseason for the veteran's minimum, Coach Rick Carlisle said Stojakovic's sharp shooting "saved our season." The 13-year veteran averaged only 8.5 points per game, but he shot 41% from three-point range, including some key performances in the postseason. He hit five three-pointers in Game 2 against Portland to give the Mavericks a 2-0 lead. Much to the frustration of Lakers fans, Stojakovic went a combined nine-of-13 from downtown in Games 3 and 4 against the Lakers. With the Lakers in dire need of three-point shooting, Stojakovic would provide an immediate fix.
Negatives: The only problem is that Stojakovic is one dimensional. He can't play defense. He lacks speed. And even his shooting can sometimes prove inconsistent. When he matched up with quality wing players in the NBA playoffs, Stojakovic's scoring dipped, a reason why he only scored 25 points in five games against Oklahoma City and played only 11 minutes in the NBA Finals.
Verdict: The Lakers should go after him because he's cheap and, although one-dimensional, is fairly reliable in his skill set.
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Photo: Mavericks forward Peja Stojakovic fouls the Lakers' Lamar Odom while attempting a shot in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals at the Staples Center on May 2, 2011. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times