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Wrap Up: Southern Comfort Too Close in Mavs Defeat

by Greg Higgins on November 30, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (10-7) tried to reverse the curse on the road as they took on the Atlanta Hawks (9-8). Coming into Atlanta on Friday night Dallas was 2-5 on the road. The record wouldn’t improve on this night either as Atlanta beat Dallas 88-87 on an Al Horford jumper with 4.2 seconds left.

How It Went Down: You could describe this game as a game of two halves. Actually that’s probably not even accurate. It’s a game of two Acts (to put it in Broadway Terms). The Intermission came with about 3:40 left in the third quarter when Jose Calderon left the game for good with an ankle injury.

Up until this time, Dallas had been rolling. They held a 70-55 lead over the hometown Hawks. Four of the starters were already in double-figure scoring. Samuel Dalembert was the only one not and he was sitting on eight points for the game so far. Dallas had only committed nine turnovers up to this point as well. Dallas looked well on their way to securing that third road win.

Intermission happened, though, and things fell apart for Dallas. In the final 15 minutes of the game Atlanta outscored the Mavs 33-17. As a matter of fact, Dallas only scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as they shot 15.8% from the field during the frame. DeJuan Blair led the Mavs in the fourth quarter with five points and all five of his points came at the free throw line.

Inside the Numbers: Dallas was dominated in the paint as Atlanta outscored them 46-16.
Fast Break points were also a lost cause for Dallas. Atlanta had 23 to only two for the Mavs.

Impact Play of the Game: : It’s already been alluded to but the impact play for this game was the exit of Jose Calderon. The game completely changed for Dallas. Atlanta was able to get some momentum and they rode it all the way to a victory.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: DeJuan Blair

For the second game in a row, he gets the nod for Dallas. He finished with nine points off the bench but he grabbed 18 rebounds, five of which were on the offensive side. His 18 rebounds is the most by a Maverick this season.

Quotes:

“We’ve got to find a way to win this game, especially when it’s a back-to-back situation against a good Minnesota team coming in tomorrow. This is as bad a loss as it gets in this league, but it’s over now. We went through it, we weren’t good in the fourth at all, and we’ve got to learn from it.”

 – Dirk Nowitzki

 

“It impacted, but that’s why we are called professionals. We have to have guys waiting to come in and step up and play minutes when we need them. It’s a sport. Guys go down with injuries every day. So the next person has to be in line, ready to come in, step up and play.”

– Shawn Marion on Jose Calderon’s injury

 

On Deck: The Mavs don’t have a lot of time to dwell on the loss. They return home to face the T’Wolves Saturday night at the AAC. The Mavs will try to bounce back from an early-season loss to the T’Wolves in Minnesota. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT and can be seen on FSSW.

 

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas (10-6) at Atlanta (8-8)

by Damian Jackson on November 29, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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It’s been mostly home feasting for these Dallas Mavericks, but they make a quick stop on the road in Atlanta tonight to play the Hawks. The Mavs have played 5 of the last 6 games in the American Airlines Center where they now hold an 8-1 record. Dallas got the best of the Golden State Warriors Wednesday night in a 103-99 victory.

THE GAME AT HAND:

This will mark the third time the Mavs and Hawks have hooked up this year, including the preseason. Both meetings were won by the host Mavs and you can be sure Atlanta will fight to return the favor on their home court.

Atlanta is the only Eastern Conference team besides Indiana and Miami to NOT have a losing record. The Hawks are 8-8 and currently 3rd in the East – a record that would be good for an 11th place tie with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dallas’ early 10-6 success comes from a variety of areas. Led by the duo of Monta Ellis and Dirk Nowitzki for starters has given the Mavs a potent 1-2 punch to baffle defenses on a nightly basis. The reserves have been active and impressive, namely rookie point guard Shane Larkin who has earned solid minutes since his return from ankle surgery. The consistent shooting from Jose Calderon has been pleasant to watch, just as much as the near double-doubles DeJuan Blair seems to contribute each game off the bench.

THREE KEYS OF THE NIGHT:

1) MATCH ENERGY:  The road struggles early this season are real. Best way to counter that problem is bring energy early and often to match that of the home team. Atlanta has lost three straight so you expect them to come out with urgency to end that streak.

2) CONTAIN JEFF TEAGUE: Teague had his way in the season opener against the Mavs with 24 points and nine assists. He was aggressive in getting to the line for 12 attempts. It’s a difficult task with Teague’s combination of speed and skill, but he’s the head of the snake…keep him tame and it’ll bode well for the Mavs defense.

3) BOUNCE BACK FOR MONTA:  Ellis had scored 18 or more points in his first 15 games as a Dallas Maverick, but that came to a screeching stop when he had a team-low four points on Wednesday. Monta did lead the team with his season-high 10 assists and the Mavs won. He should be able to shake that horrid shooting night and perform better tonight.

MATCHUP OF THE NIGHT

Jose Calderon vs Jeff Teague:  Calderon and Teague play the point guard position rather differently. It’s the way they can impact their team’s quest for victory that squares them off. As mentioned earlier, Teague will seek to utilize his quickness to create for teammates and generate opportunities for himself. Calderon’s high BBIQ and highly efficient shooting will play key role in Dallas’ success as he sets up his guys and capitalizes off the attention drawn by Dirk and Monta.

QUOTES:

“They’re a very athletic team,” Nowitzki said. “Teague is very, very fast so we gotta make sure we get back and kind of force them into a half-court game, ’cause if we turn the ball over, Teague is so fast, he’s at the rim laying it in and he gave us some problems last game getting in the lane.”

- Dirk on facing the Hawks

 

HOW TO WATCH:

The game can be seen on FSSW at 6:30 p.m. CT

INJURY REPORT:

Atlanta Hawks

  • Kyle Korver (ribs) OUT
  • Lou Williams (knee) ACTIVE
  • Shelvin Mack (ankle) ACTIVE

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Dallas Mavericks

  • Brandan Wright (shoulder) OUT
  • Devin Harris (toe) OUT

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Sources – Game Preview by STATS LLC and Associated Press (quote); Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports (photo)

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Wrap Up: New Look Mavs Fly Past Hawks

by Kaomi Machelle' on November 1, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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With game 1 of 82 under-wraps your Dallas Mavs defeated the Atlanta Hawks 118-109. In a game where the Mavs started off quickly, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis set the tone early.

The dynamic duo of Dirk and Monta combined for a total of 56 points with Monta adding 8 assists. The pick and roll that Monta creates, opens up Dirk for a wide open shot, there is nothing better than a wide open Dirk. Mavs fans get used to hearing those two names behind one another, it’s going to be a field day with those two.

Making his presence known tonight, Samuel Dalembert finished with nine rebounds on the night. His effort with crashing the boards on both sides of the court, creating second chances and great opportunities something the Mavs missed last season. Jose Calderon although quiet with his shooting tonight, added 11 assists that were smart passes for quality looks. Vince Carter starting his bid for 6th man finished with 21 points, giving Mavs a push when Dirk took a rest.

With good does come bad. Tonight’s negative stat is the 20 turnovers. The ball protection has to get better and likely will. Reducing the turnovers has to be priority number one.

For the first game of the regular season, this is how you want to open it. The highlight was on offense – Dirk and Monta duo, solid ball movement and a great showing by your 6th man. Very few complaints tonight.

NEXT UP: A visit to in-state rival Houston Rockets on Friday.

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Mavs Game Night: Atlanta at Dallas

by Terence Huie on October 30, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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This is the day that Mavericks fans have anticipated since the final game of the disappointing 2012-2013 season. The Mavs tip-off their 2013-2014 schedule in an inter-conference matchup against the Atlanta Hawks.

The fans should be excited about the new improved starting lineup and a healthy Dirk Nowitzki at the start of the season. Having a scoring machine like Monta Ellis is essential as it tremendously helps ease the scoring load off Dirk. Jose Calderon is an amazing veteran floor general, so expect a good dose of pick-n-roll action between Jose and Dirk.

If Dallas wants to win this game, the main focus would be to limit unforced turnovers.

The Hawks came to Dallas a week ago without a single starter, but Al Horford, Jeff Teague and sharpshooter Kyle Korver will all be in action tonight. Mavs’ Ellis should take advantage of the opportunity to penetrate to the basket easily if matched up against Korver.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Mavs key to winning this game is to capitalize on the Hawks’ mistakes. With new head coach Mike Budenholzer and new additions Paul Millsap, DeMarre Carroll and Elton Brand, the Hawks might struggle with team chemistry being that it’s the first game of the season.

The same could be said for our Mavs team who have nine new faces still all trying to get on the same page. This will be a fine test on opening night.

It should be an exciting game to watch.

Go Mavs!

Game action tips at 7:30 p.m. CT. and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
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Mavs Wrap Up: Dallas Cruises Past Atlanta Reserves

by Kaomi Machelle' on October 24, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Your Dallas Mavericks come away with a 98-88 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Mavs finished with six players in double digits and two with double digit rebounds.

Tonight you got just a glimpse of the incredible duo that will be made up by Dirk Nowitizki and Monta Ellis. Dirk led the way with 17 points while being backed up by Monta who finished with 15 points. With Ellis working the pick and roll, he’s creating countless wide open opportunities for Dirk, which no one is complaining about in the slightest.

Jose Calderon provided 10 points and four assists on the night, showing his solidarity as a point guard. He got the ball into the right hands at the right times and when necessary, he took it himself. Calderon is the type of point guard every team needs – reliable, smart and efficient. Look forward to many great things from him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The highlight of tonight’s game came from Mavs’ big men Sam Dalembert and DeJuan Blair. They combined for 21 rebounds, crashing the boards on both sides of the court and creating second chance opportunities.

Small but key improvements were also shown tonight. Scoring on turnovers, less rookie mistakes and a lot of great ball movement in the paint. With just one preseason game left on the schedule, the Mavs have only one more game to tidy up loose ends before facing the true line-up of the Atlanta Hawks on opening night.

Next up on schedule are the Indiana Pacers, Friday at 7:30 p.m.



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Photo courtesy of Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Mavs Game Night: Atlanta at Dallas

by Kaomi Machelle' on October 23, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Continuing the preseason schedule, your Dallas Mavericks (3-3) take on the Atlanta Hawks (1-5) tonight.

In a matchup that favors the Mavs, it should also be a game where you’ll see just how well the defense of this team truly is. Former Mavericks Elton Brand and Jared Cunningham will be in town and Brand should see plenty time with Al Horford (hamstring) not making the trip to Dallas. Brand is coming off an 11 point night along with five rebounds and a pair of steals and blocks.

The Mavs will be facing an explosive guard offense in Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroeder. The keys to winning tonight’s game will be keeping the mistakes to a minimum. Improvement with boxing out on both sides of the court would open the opportunities for second chance points and fast break opportunities.

You’ll want to look out for Jose Calderon tonight. Calderon is looking more and more impressive as the pass first point guard that the Mavs sorely missed a year ago. He can put the ball in the right player’s hands (Dirk, Monta) but can also score to pick up the slack if there need be.

Tonight’s contest should lead to a W if the backcourt of Jose/Monta put in some serious work. Sam Dalembert looks to build upon his best game, and Dirk, well just be Dirk.

The game tips at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised locally on Fox Sports Southwest.


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Mavs Pre-Season 3 Days Away – A Look Ahead To Shane Larkin

by Ryan Wilson on October 4, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Continuing our pre-season countdown segment, we now find ourselves with only 3 days remaining until tip-off. The last couple of days have taken us back in time to look at some popular former Mavericks, but today we will be bringing in a fresh face. Playing #3 for the 2013-2014 Dallas Mavericks, and hopefully for many more years to come, Shane Larkin.

Shane LarkinIf the last name sounds familiar, it probably should. He is the son of Major League Baseball legend, Barry Larkin. His father was shortstop for the Cincinnati Reds, and you can now find him in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. Shane obviously gets his athletic ability from his father, and so do the rest of his siblings. Coming from a very athletic and sports infused family, Shane’s passion for baseball almost got in the way of basketball. While I’m sure it was his Dad’s dream for him to play professional baseball, Shane’s dreams led him onto the hard court.

Shane originally committed to Depaul University, but never played a game, ultimately leading to him heading the University of Miami. Despite only being a Freshmen, he became the starting point guard after only a few months. He ended up finishing the season on the All-ACC Freshmen Team.

His 2nd season with the Hurricanes was his stand out year. The University of Miami would go on to have one of their most successful seasons in the history of their basketball program. Shane led the Hurricanes to their 1st ever ACC Championship, and even led them to the Sweet 16 in March. He was also named the ACC Player of the Year.

Shane declared for the 2013 NBA Draft after his sophomore season was over. He came into the NBA combine in undersized point guard, but what Shane lacks in size, he makes up for in athleticism, speed, and determination. He has a hunger for winning that is undoubtedly in thanks to his father. He knew he had to make an impact at the Draft Combine, and he did just that. He impressed all the scouts with this vertical leap of 44″, which went down as the 2nd highest in the history of the combine. Not only did he show his jumping ability, he was also the fastest player at the combine as well. He started drawing comparisons to Denver Nuggets point guard, Ty Lawson.

On draft night, Shane was the 18th pick of the Atlanta Hawks. His tenure as a Hawk was short lived when the Dallas Mavericks traded for the rights to Larkin, a move that should pay huge dividends for the future.

Now a Dallas Maverick, Shane headed to the NBA Summer League, which was shortened when he broke his ankle during a team practice. He is now recovering and working out under a limited regimen with the Mavericks during their training camp. Once recovered, he will have to once again prove all the doubters wrong. The Mavericks have plenty of point guards on the roster, so playing time will be hard to get. The Mavericks expect Shane’s determination to be a big factor in him grabbing a spot sooner rather than later. If you haven’t figured it out by now, Shane doesn’t give in to those who do the doubting.

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Games To Mark Down On That Calendar

by Ryan Wilson on August 8, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Okay, I know we are 83 days away from the Mavs embarking on the 2013-2014 season, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our big games marked on the schedule. Here’s a look at our top games for the upcoming season.

vs. Atlanta Hawks, Oct. 30: This will be our first look at the new look Mavericks at the AAC. It’s been back to back seasons full of many new faces, and this year will be no different. You will be able to see our new starting lineup, one that figures to feature newcomers Jose CalderonMonta Ellis, and Samuel Dalembert.

WestbrookOklahoma City Thunder, Nov. 6: Our first chance to show national television the new look Mavericks against a big time Western Conference contender. The Thunder will be fully healthy, following the return of Russell Westbrook, but will they overlook these Mavericks? Anytime these two teams hook up, it’s bound to be a delight. 

Miami Heat, Nov. 15: Forgive me I get stuck in the past a little bit, but I feel like the Mavericks have made Miami (American Airlines Arena) their second home ever since they clinched Game 6 of the NBA Finals in 2011. Hate them all you want, but the Miami Heat are always must see television, and this is one you won’t want to miss.

vs. Houston Rockets, Nov. 20: The Mavericks entered the 2013 summer of free agency with huge goals. One of them was to land Dwight Howard. All of Mavs Nation waited for an answer from Dwight, only to be let down when he chose the Houston Rockets instead. Is he now a hated villain in Big D? This will be our second look at Howard in a Rockets jersey, but the first one in Dallas. It shouldn’t take long to see how Mavericks fans feel about it either.

act_jj_redickvs. Los Angeles Clippers, Jan. 3: Chris Paul came into this summer the Mavericks’ #1 target in free agency, which quickly went out the window when Doc Rivers became new head coach, and Paul signed his 5-year, $107 million contract. The Clippers loaded up on new talent in J.J. RedickJared Dudley, and former Maverick Darren Collison. They figure to once again be one of the more entertaining teams, so it figures to be a heck of a ball game in Big D.

vs. Miami Heat, Feb. 18: Just like the Mavericks made Miami their second home, this must be gut wrenching anytime King James comes to Dallas. Each and every time he walks into the AAC, he will be reminded of the 2011 defeat by a banner high up in the rafters and have to deal with the fact that the only team to beat the Miami Heat in a playoff series is our Dallas Mavericks.

timthumbvs. Brooklyn Nets, March 23: Did you ever think you would have a chance to watch a team that featured Deron WilliamsJason TerryKevin GarnettPaul Pierce, and Joe Johnson? How about Hall of Fame point guard and former Dallas Maverick NBA Champion Jason Kidd coaching the squad? Not satisfied yet? Don’t know what else to tell ya. Must see. 

Los Angeles Lakers, April 4: The Mavericks figure to be battling for playoff position, and the Lakers could as well, depending on how Kobe Bryant responds to his achilles surgery. The Lakers will no longer have the burden of the Dwight Howard drama, and should be able to focus solely on basketball. This game could be of little meaning, but it figures to be just the opposite. I expect this to be a pivotal matchup in Hollywood..one that the Mavericks and Lakers tend do so well.

 

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Mock Draft: Mavs Fanatic First Round 1.0

by Damian Jackson on June 6, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The NBA Draft is three weeks away and player workouts have prospects shifting positions on a daily basis. It’s time that we break out our first edition of the Mock Draft and share our thoughts on who we think will go where based on team need, workout impressions and daily reports.

 

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nerlens Noel, C Kentucky | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 206

Noel has long been slotted as the top pick in this year’s draft and that hasn’t changed. Expect the Cavs to select the slender defensive center who’s aiming for a December return to the court.

 

 

2. Orlando Magic – Ben McLemore, SG Kansas | Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 188

McLemore has a pure jump shot and great size at SG for the NBA. Along with his shooting, Ben is an incredible athlete and many say he’s likely to be an All-Star level player for years. The Magic need that scoring infusion and McLemore can be that guy.

 

 

3. Washington Wizards – Otto Porter, SF Georgetown | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 198

Otto Porter wins the Naismith College Player of the Year award if not for Trey Burke’s very impressive run in the tournament. Porter has an all-around game with intangibles that make him as NBA-ready an anyone in this class. Wizards keep Otto in DC.

 

 

4. Charlotte Bobcats – Alex Len, C Maryland | Ht: 7’1″ Wt: 255

Alex Len provides the Bobcats a center they need. With Byron Mullens likely gone it leaves Brendan Haywood. Bismack Biyombo could move to PF while Len offers Charlotte a solid defensive anchor in the middle who isn’t offensively challenged.

 

 

5. Phoenix Suns – Victor Oladipo, SG Indiana | Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 213

The Suns need stability. Victor Oladipo helps in that regard, he’s a relentless worker and plays hard on both ends of the floor. Oladipo would infuse energy into the U.S. Airways crowd, a step in the right direction with a new GM and head coach.

 

 

6. New Orleans Pelicans – Shabazz Muhammad, SF UCLA | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 222

ShaMu this high?! The popular pick is Trey Burke, but they do have the 6-foot-6 Greivis Vasquez running point who averaged 9.0 assists in 78 games last season. The Pelicans have a more pressing need at SF and Shabazz could be the right guy.

 

 

7. Sacramento Kings – Anthony Bennett, PF UNLV | Ht: 6’8″ Wt: 240

Kings need a PG more, but it’d be tough to pass on Bennett if he were to drop here. SI.com says Bennett may have the most star potential in the draft, but is he a tweener? Sneaky skilled for a PF-type, AB would compliment Boogie Cousins well.

 

 

8. Detroit Pistons – Trey Burke, PG Michigan | Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 187

It’s no secret the Pistons want a PG. Michael Carter-Williams could be the choice, but with   Wolverine and College Player of the Year Burke available they may go that route. Burke’s heart and competitiveness would be welcomed in Detroit.

 

 

9. Minnesota Timberwolves – C.J. McCollum, PG/SG Lehigh | Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 197

McCollum makes perfect sense for the Wolves. A combo guard with advanced scoring ability and versatility. The foot injury no longer an issue, McCollum would step in next to Ricky Rubio and relieve some of Kevin Love’s scoring responsibilities.

 

 

10. Portland Trail Blazers – Steven Adams, C Pittsburgh | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 235

Portland hit a homerun (Damian Lillard) and a ground out (Meyers Leonard) in last year’s lottery. Steven Adams represents a true NBA center with his physical tools, rebounding and defense. Tons of upside and an solid fit next to LaMarcus Aldridge.

 

 

11. Philadelphia 76ers – Cody Zeller, PF/C Indiana | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 230

Some have the Blazers snagging Zeller, but he’ll be more of a PF in the NBA. Either way the Sixers will be satisfied to see Zeller fall to them. Cody showed impressive athleticism at the combine and he’d be able to play the 4/5 in Philly.

 

 

12. Oklahoma City Thunder – Mason Plumlee, C Duke | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 238

OKC could go in several directions with this pick, but smart money says they address the center position. Kendrick Perkins has been disappointing. Plumlee gives the Thunder an explosive big who rebounds very well and finishes with authority above the rim.

 

 

13. Dallas Mavericks – Michael Carter-Williams, PG Syracuse | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 185

The Mavs have their eye set on Carter-Williams. If he makes it to 13, they draft him. His size is special for the position and he owns the best court vision and PG instincts in this class. MCW would be nice addition if Dallas whiffs on Chris Paul.

 

 

14. Utah Jazz – Dennis Schröder, PG Germany | Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 165

Utah has strong interest in Schröder to replace free agent Mo Williams. The 19-year-old PG has a lot of Rajon Rondo in his repertoire. Reports say he received a promise from the Boston Celtics, but he may not make it that far.

 

 

15. Milwaukee Bucks – Jamaal Franklin, SG San Diego State | Ht: 6’5″ Wt: 191

The Bucks face a lot of uncertainties in their backcourt. If Brandon Jennings stays, Milwaukee could use help on the wing. Franklin fits the bill as an above average rebounder, elite athlete and plays aggressive on offense and defense.

 

 

16. Boston Celtics – Gorgui Dieng, C Louisville | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 230

With Schröder likely gone, the Celtics could switch gears and find a center. Dieng owns NBA center size and is skilled defensively. There are other options, but many scouts are high on Dieng ability to contribute immediately.

 

 

17. Atlanta Hawks – Dario Saric, SF Croatia | Ht: 6’10″ Wt: 223

Saric is believed to be the draft’s top international prospect and could go as high as No. 6 to the Pelicans. Naturally this would be quite to steal for the Hawks who will be carefully utilizing their cap space this summer. Saric to withdraw from the draft?

 

 

18. Atlanta Hawks - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Georgia | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 204

The Hawks’ only guards with guaranteed deals are Lou Williams (ACL) and John Jenkins. There’s buzz about Caldwell-Pope and this seems like a good fit for both parties. Hometown kid stays around and Hawks get a legit all-around player.

 

 

19. Cleveland Cavaliers - Sergey Karasev, SG/SF Russia | Ht: 6’7″ Wt: 197

According to reports, sounds like Karasev’s already received a promise and word out there says this is the floor for Karasev. The Cavs really like him. He provides Cleveland a player with immense shooting ability and the size to play either wing position.

 

 

20. Chicago Bulls – Kelly Olynyk, PF/C Gonzaga | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 238

A slide of sorts for Olynyk, but he could still crack the lottery. If the Bulls consider amnesty with Carlos Boozer, the Gonzaga product provides Chicago an ample replacement (along w/ Taj Gibson) whose skill set fit an NBA four.

 

 

21. Utah Jazz – Rudy Gobert, C France | Ht: 7’2″ Wt: 238

The Jazz could double dip in international waters by going Gobert after Schroder. Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are set to leave, so Utah could be enticed to take Gobert as a development behind ripe big men Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.

 

 

22. Brooklyn Nets – Tony Mitchell, PF North Texas | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 237

Mitchell is scheduled to work out for city rival NY Knicks tomorrow, but the Nets have interest as well. Brooklyn could use a PG unless they trust TyShawn Taylor as Deron Williams’ backup. Mitchell’s stock is on the rise nonetheless.

 

 

23. Indiana Pacers – Shane Larkin, PG Miami | Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 171

This would be too sweet for the Pacers. Point guard is an area of need and Larkin falling in their lap is a miracle. Chances of it happening are slim though as he could go as high as 14th or 15th to the Jazz or Bucks.

 

 

24. New York Knicks - Jeff Withey, C Kansas | Ht: 7’0″ Wt: 222

Roy Hibbert’s size was too much for Tyson Chandler and the Knicks. Marcus Camby doesn’t play anymore, Kenyon Martin was too small. Withey plugs in as the immediate backup with great basketball knowledge, physical tools and shot-blocking.

 

 

25. Los Angeles Clippers – Allen Crabbe, SG California | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 198

Crabbe is a talented player with a terrific stroke. The Clippers believe Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere and it’s always wise to surround a PG with shooters. Crabbe works well off screens and in transition, perfect wing type for a Paul-run offense.

 

 

26. Minnesota Timberwolves – Ricky Ledo, SG Providence | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 197

Ledo appears to be the mystery and possible best sleeper of the draft. Someone mentioned he had a Kevin Durant-like shot and it’s not far off. He looks like a top-notch scorer and special wing this late in the first round. Minny can use ‘em!

 

 

27. Denver Nuggets – Glen Rice Jr., SF Rio Grande Valley (NBDL) | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 211

Glen Rice Jr. looks to go from the D-League to the NBA by way of draft. The Nuggets who recently severed ties with George Karl will probably lose SG Andre Iguodala to free agency and seek his replacement. Denver will like that Rice Jr. is ready NOW.

 

 

28. San Antonio Spurs – Lucas Nogueira, C Brazil | Ht: 6’11″ Wt: 215

With already one Brazlian center on the roster in Tiago Splitter, the Spurs may entertain the idea of selecting Nogueira and stash him away for a year or two. This gives Lucas time to advance his skills and the Spurs to prep a role for him down the road.

 

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Tim Hardaway Jr., SG Michigan | Ht: 6’6″ Wt: 200

The Thunder addressed a vital need in the lottery, but could seek a cheaper SG option here rather than retain free agent Kevin Martin. OKC still has Jeremy Lamb as well and could have two younger, more affordable guard competition in camp.

 

 

30. Phoenix Suns - Giannis Adetokunbo, SF/PF Greece | Ht: 6’9″ Wt: 196

Adetokunbo this late would be amazing for the Suns, who want to ignite new enthusiasm to it’s fan base. He brings different elements to the game than any Suns forward. Channing Frye remains a health concern and there’s zero faith in Michael Beasley.

 

 

 

 

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Once Upon A Time: Chris Paul a Maverick?

by Damian Jackson on May 10, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Los Angeles Clippers won 56 games and their first Pacific Division title in the regular season.

Postseason play produced only two wins before losing four straight and elimination to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Not quite the conclusion the little brother in Los Angeles expected. More importantly, Chris Paul becomes are free agent July 1st and the early ousting may affect his decision to stay or leave.

Here are some quotes from his exit interview (VIDEO: Complete Version) on Saturday May 4th:

A long, great season hits a brick wall:

“I have nothing to do, this is unreal, like I had no idea this season would be over…we only played two weeks longer than everybody else who didn’t make the playoffs. It sucks.”

You recruited players last summer, will they (LA Clippers) now be recruiting you?

“I don’t know…we’ll see, we’ll see. I don’t know how this whole thing’s gonna go or play out. I’m gonna pray about it.”

Asked to compare the 17-win streak in December and the playoffs:

“December and May, they don’t go together…at all.”

What does ‘built for the playoffs’ mean to you:

“Built for the playoffs means you have to have a little bit of everything. You have to have shooting, defense…all that different stuff.”

Whether it’s difficult or not to watch the rest of the playoffs:

“Yeah. No question…and I watch ESPN, SportsCenter all day…everyday, but not now.”

On liking LA, West Coast guy now? Part of the equation for you, family?

“Did I like it, yeah I liked. I loved it out here – Of course, if everybody hated it…you know what I mean? My family is very easy going, what’s not to like. It’s far away from home, but fortunately I’ve been blessed to be in a situation where my parents, my wife’s parents and my family we always got people in town.”

Paul talks about taking his time to decide on his future in what will be his first true all-out free agency frenzy. A Clippers return on a 5-year max contract worth $107 million appears the probable route.

However, since CP3 isn’t ready to make an official announcement nor should he prior to the July 1st free agent floodgates, we can take some time to at least consider other options for the NBA’s best point guard – with focus on our Dallas Mavericks.

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Once upon a time Chris Paul was ready to be a Dallas Maverick. Reported early in the 2012-2013 season by CBSSports’ Matt Moore which originally derived from Yahoo! Sports NBA writer Marc Spears’ article titled ‘What stopped Dwight Howard and Chris Paul from playing together as Dallas Mavericks?‘.

Inside you’ll understand that this idea spanned over a couple years and would have involved the cooperation from BOTH Paul and then Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. Howard’s indecisiveness deflated the opportunity to join forces at that point.

If I take anything away from their failed execution to partner up, it’s the fact that Paul was ready to work for Mark Cuban and the Mavs organization just last summer. Events didn’t materialize then, but now Paul (and Howard) are on the brink of becoming unrestricted FA a year later.

Dallas or any team with cap space could only offer Paul a 4-year max contract worth about $80 million. On the surface that’s a glaring disadvantage, but in reality with some mathematical breakdown of all known money/tax details involved the numbers aren’t far off.

This with the thought process that Paul or Howard would both try for one last max deal which involves them opting out of a fifth year with their respective Los Angeles squad. At that point Paul will be 32 years-old and Howard 31.

For more in-depth coverage on this check out the material from Mike Fisher and David Lord at DallasBasketball.com or this article (Dollar Differences) by Tim MacMahon on ESPN Dallas.

A section in Moore’s report on CBSSports from November 2012 intrigues as it relates to the current situation:

 - Dallas continues to be the “almost but not quite” destination for superstars, and it leaves them both in the running for Paul and Howard in 2013 should their stints with their respective teams go catastrophically wrong, and still huge underdogs despite being really the only other team on the board.

Catastrophically wrong? Both Paul and Howard were ejected in their final games of the season. Howard used ‘nightmare’ to describe his lone year as a Laker, while CP3 was clearly not satisfied playing only six more games than non-playoff teams.

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In other words, neither concluded their seasons with a fairy tale ending.

Dallas may not have the most attractive roster to alone lure Paul away from his highlight reel big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. The Mavs have veterans in Dirk Nowitzki, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter, but the Clippers have some too in Caron Butler, Jamal Crawford and Chauncey Billups.

The Mavs do have positives in their favor.

Mark Cuban – Owner with unmatched passion for his team, savvy and involved.

Donnie Nelson – GM that’s advantageous, bold and beyond diligent in his work to always make the Mavs better.

Rick Carlisle – An upper-echelon coach in the league today. Respect. Relentless to get the most of his players.

Dirk Nowitzki – He’s going to be 35, we know, but let’s get that out of the way. Dirk’s work ethic combined with his unique style of play should grant him three or four more solid years in his legendary career, a couple still at an elite level. Dirk isn’t Blake, but more importantly Blake isn’t Dirk. 41 is an accomplished player, future first ballot Hall of Famer and NBA champion – a winner.

It’s not fair to say Paul has the best shot at winning a title with Dirk and the Mavs, because a player of CP3′s caliber could go to most teams and morph them into title contenders.

The point here is more about visualizing his short-list options IF he surprised people and decided to move on from the Clippers. On that list you probably have Dallas, Atlanta and Houston.

Each has its reasons to attract Paul. I already went over Dallas, but what about the Hawks and Rockets?

With the Houston Rockets, you envision CP3 merging into an already rich environment of untapped youth potential and a superstar in the making – James Harden. Chandler Parsons elevated his game this season which would provide Paul with two sweet treats on the wing. Houston has always wanted Dwight Howard and may be able to entertain the idea of Paul and Howard finally joining forces as Rockets.

Atlanta owns plenty cap space to sign both Paul and Howard, similar to the Rockets. They have their own star free agent in Josh Smith who isn’t sure about his future either. The Hawks would LOVE to sign Chris Paul, the point guard they passed on in 2005, drafting Marvin Williams instead. Paul running the show with Al Horford, a re-signed Josh Smith and other solid free agents has appeal.

It all comes back to the Mavs and playing alongside Dirk though. Chris knows something when it comes to German father-to-be…

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He is a problem, Chris. Now imagine Paul and Dirk working pick and roll/pop. Dirk and Terry had formed themselves into quite the impressive two-man game, but it would not compare to the deadly duo of 3 and 41.

One thing you see in Chris Paul – he’s hungry. Paul wants to win more than anything and at 28 the time in now. It’s safe to say that realistically looking at the options available to him, Paul cannot join a better superstar than Dirk in this moment.

James Harden exploded this season and is on the verge of superstar status, but Dirk is still the better option and fit. Dwight Howard and Paul would be fun to watch and it could happen, in what city though? Not LA. After those two, no one is close to Dirk’s level.

All in all, we must continue to wait this process out until the new season officially begins on the first of July. We already know Mark, Donnie and staff are in the battle room devising multiple plans and scenarios, prepping for what they would like to be the best summer in Mavericks history (2011 was pretty good, Champs!).

It starts with Chris Paul.

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