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Free Agent Forecast: Power Forwards

by Michael Lark on June 26, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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First, let’s be clear Dirk Nowitzki will re-sign with the Mavs. There’s no doubt about it.

The only question that remains is, for how much.

With that in mind, this list is built on who would be the best available backups after we sign Dirk. In the unfortunate event we don’t resign Dirk and the world for the Mavericks collapses then… wait, never mind. Trust me, 100% that just will not happen. Here are the top 10 free agent options at power forward.

1. Dirk Nowitzki | Mavericks (Unrestricted)

21.7 PTS 2.7 AST 6.2 REB

He is the Dallas Mavericks. Conventional wisdom and early rumors say Dirk will sign in the $8-10 million range, leaving room for the Mavs to sign another big time free agent possibly Carmelo Anthony who will reportedly opt out.

After that, the Mavs will focus on signing a solid back up who won’t take up too much money on the salary cap, while providing the Mavs a player who can give Dirk ample rest during the regular season.

2. DeJuan Blair | Mavericks (Unrestricted)

6.4 PTS 0.9 AST 4.7 REB

He’s a familiar name with a familiar foe in the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs proved once again they are the team to beat in the West and Blair provides the Mavericks with the best option at the backup power forward position because of his energy, his ability to play at the 4 and 5 and most importantly, his desire to get revenge against his former NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs.

3. Boris Diaw | Spurs (Unrestricted)

9.1 PTS 2.8 AST 4.1 REB

At 6’8”, 250 pounds Diaw is now a world champion. He’s a veteran of 10 years in the league, but at 32 years old the Frenchman would be the perfect complement to Dirk.  He’s a great rebounder and passer at 3.7 assists per game in his career with a high basketball IQ, who can play almost any position and knock down the three ball with consistency.

4. Jordan Hill | Lakers (Unrestricted)

9.7 PTS 0.8 AST 7.4 REB

After 4 years in the league, Hill has been a mixed bag of results. He’s a former lottery pick (No. 8 in 2009) who has finally showed some promise after playing the past couple of seasons with consistent minutes with the LA Lakers. He has a huge NBA body at 6’10”, 235 pounds and is probably a more natural fit at the center position, but lacks low post moves. He could be a great fit for the Mavs long term at only 27 years old, but after making $3.5 million last year his price tag may be too high.

5. Josh McRoberts | Hornets (Unrestricted)

8.5 PTS 4.3 AST 4.8 REB

He’s a supremely athletic big man, who’s only 27.  In 6 years in the league, McRoberts has bounced around the NBA. He can give the Mavs valuable energy off the bench, respectable rebounding and defense, but has little to offer in terms of offensive skill.

6. Glen Davis | Clippers (Unrestricted)

9.4 PTS 1.1 AST 5.2 REB

“Big Baby” is a skilled big man who can consistently knock down mid-range jumpers.  He’s athletic for his size and weight, but has struggled recently with his conditioning at 6’9”, 289 pounds.

Davis is young, but has struggled to stay healthy the past few seasons.  He was bought out of his contract mid-season from the Orlando Magic before joining the LA Clippers.   There have also been rumors he lacks a desire to work hard.

7. Drew Gooden | Wizards (Unrestricted) 

8.3 PTS 0.7 AST 5.2 REB

Gooden has played for 10 NBA teams in his 12 year career and played with the Mavs back in 2009-10 before being traded to the Washington Wizards.

In his short, 46 game stint with the Mavs he became a fan favorite for his positive attitude and high energy. Still at 32, the former Jayhawk can re-up with the Mavs for cheap and provide excellent hustle, rebounding and a decent low-post scoring while backing up Dirk.

 

8. Al Harrington | Wizards (Unrestricted)

6.6 PTS 0.8 AST 2.4 REB

Now 34, Harrington and the Mavs had mutual interest back in 2010 before he ultimately signed with the Denver Nuggets and essentially began the downhill slide of his career after averaging 17.7 points per game the previous year.

At this point in his career, Harrington is nothing more than a role player who can provide below average defense and rebounding, but can consistently hit three pointers (35.2% for his career).

9. Elton Brand | Hawks (Unrestricted)

5.7 PTS 1.2 AST 4.9 REB

After 14 years in the league and an extensive injury history, Brand has little left in the tank.  However, he’s a high character player that is familiar with Rick Carlisle and the Mavs system after playing with them in 2012-13 (7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists).

He can also backup the center position, although he’s slightly undersized, but can provide great rebounding and leadership for the veteran’s minimum.

10. Kenyon Martin | Knicks (Unrestricted)

4.3 PTS 0.8 AST 4.2 REB

At 36, “K-Mart” is a strong, athletic big man who plays with a ton of energy and intensity.   The Dallas native lacks a low-post game and relies exclusively on pick and rolls to get his points.

He’s significantly past his prime, but can provide adequate defense in a limited role.  He would likely command only the veteran’s minimum on a one-year deal.

 

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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: Love, Martin Steal Show as Minnesota Trumps Dallas

by Greg Higgins on November 9, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Dallas entered Minneapolis on Friday looking for their first road win of the young season. So far they had lost in Houston and Oklahoma City and were hoping the T’Wolves would be the opponent they could capitalize on and get a win. The Timberwolves had a different idea  – defeating the Mavs 116-108.

How it went down: The Mavs had a hard time containing the leagues leading rebounder in this game. Kevin Love flirted with a triple-double in the win against Dallas. Offensively it took a while for Dallas to get going. Dirk was hit with an early technical foul and Minnesota jumped out to an early 10 point advantage. Dallas would claw their way back and even take a lead at halftime.

Jose Calderon tried keeping Dallas in the game as he drained six three-pointers on the night, but Love was too much for Dallas. He dominated inside but also added three long balls on the night. Love finished with 32 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. In the end it was too much for Dallas as the Wolves were able to pull away and win the game.

What’s aggravating from the Mavs standpoint is statistically they should have won the game. The Mavs were only rebounded by four and they only had three more turnovers than Minnesota. Dallas had 52 points in the paint as opposed to 40 for Minnesota. Dallas shot 48.9% while only allowing 46.1%. It’s baffling.

Kevin Martin also scored 32 for Minnesota and ex-Maverick Corey Brewer scored 17. Dallas was led by Monta Ellis’ 23 points. Calderon had 21 and Dirk finished with 14. Dirk once again had a subpar performance, in his standards, as he only shot 5-for-11 from the field.

In his last three games Dirk is averaging only 13.7 points on 10.7 attempts from the field.

The Mavs were missing a key player as Vince Carter was serving a one-game suspension for his flagrant two foul (elbow to head) against Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams on Wednesday night.

Impact Play of the Game: With a little over two minutes left in the game and Minnesota up 105-102, Kevin Love scored five straight points to put the Wolves up 110-102 with 1:13 left to go in the game.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Jose Calderon

Calderon finished with his best shooting night for Dallas as he poured in 21 points. He finished with six three-pointers on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. He also added seven assists and four rebounds.

Quotes:

“It was there for us today,” Calderon said. “I think we’ve got to be on everybody today. We should win this game. It was right there for us. We made good runs, we came back, we had good momentum, and we just made easy mistakes.”

 

“We just had too many breakdowns and they had some guys that played really well,” Carlisle concluded. “We had some bright spots, but our consistency so far on the road hasn’t been there. And we’ve got to get it together by tomorrow night.”

On Deck: Dallas will now travel to Milwaukee to take on O.J. Mayo and the Bucks Saturday night. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. CT and can be seen locally on FSSW.

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Mavs Game Night: Dallas vs Minnesota

by Kaomi Machelle' on November 8, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (3-2) fell short to the Oklahoma City Thunder (3-1) 107-93 Wednesday night. In a game where the Mavericks seemed to be two steps behind, a turnover too many and OKC took full advantage. Monta Ellis’ 20-point game just wasn’t enough in the loss.

Looking to bounce back on the first night of yet another tough back-to-back, the Mavericks take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2). The last time these two met, the Mavericks blew the Wolves out 100-77, led by Vince Carter’s 22 points and former Maverick Elton Brand’s 10 points and 12 rebounds.  The NBA just recently notified Vince Carter that he will be suspended for the Flagrant 2 that he received in Wednesdays game in Oklahoma City.

The T’Wolves have won four of the last seven meetings, after previously losing 18 of their last 19 match ups.

Three Keys For A Win:

1)      Once again, turnovers: Turnovers will always keep you out of a game and Wednesday night was no different. The Mavericks committed 21 turnovers in a difficult loss to a very good Thunder squad. Tonight, the Mavs will have to be more careful with the rock.

2)      Better production from Samuel Dalembert: The Mavs had their hands tied playing against one of the NBA’s top power teams. Dalembert has been relatively quiet, but his game tonight could up being the deciding factor in whether the Mavericks get a win or not.

3)      Great ball movement: In every win this season, the Mavericks have done a fantastic job of sharing the ball. Getting every player touches and great looks will help spread the offense and make it difficult for the Wolves to matchup on defense.

Matchup of the Night: Dirk Nowitzki vs Kevin Love

 

Dirk Nowitzki Kevin LoveBoth the starts of their respected squads. Both are needed to produce effectively in order for their teams to win.

Kevin Love, coming off a game in which he accounted for 25 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 assists, is looking more and more like a superstar each game. Averaging 26.2 points and 11 rebounds in the first five games, Love can not only score, but clean up the glass as well.

Nowitzki, coming off a 16 point, 6 rebound performance, is looking more and more like his old self. He is averaging 19.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in the first five games, and is proving that he still remains one of the best shooters in the game. Nowitzki represents a history of proven success while Love stands for the future of the power forward position.

 

 

 

Quotes:

“23 points off turnovers on the road is going to be really hard to overcome, and then we got beat on the boards and we just didn’t play well enough. It’s a disappointing night, but we’ve got to get ready for the next one. - Rick Carlisle following Wednesday’s loss to Oklahoma City

 

“I mean, they’re playing well. I didn’t see them play yet, but obviously they’ve been winning some big games,” – Dirk Nowitzki on upcoming game vs Minnesota

Game action tips off at 7:00 P.M. CT and can be seen 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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UPDATE: Mavs To Re-sign Recently Waived Bernard James

by MavsFanatic on July 20, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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UPDATE: C BERNARD JAMES CLEARS WAIVERS, PAVES WAY FOR MAVERICKS RETURN.

The waiver wait on Bernard James is over and the Mavs are fortunate no team put a claim on the second-year center whose per 36-minute stats were 10.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3 blocks, per ESPNDallas.

According the Marc Stein, the Mavs will re-sign James as they intended if the 28-year-old indeed cleared. Dallas will retain “Sarge” at the league minimum once their remaining cap space is used.

This is great news for a Mavericks squad that sorely lacked the depth at the center position. Once James is back on board, it gives the Mavs a solid backup to new starter Samuel Dalembert.

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not this affects Dallas’ continual pursuit of Greg Oden. Oden is expected to meet with New Orleans and Sacramento this week.

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And then there was one…again.

The Dallas Mavericks have waived C Bernard James, leaving the recently signed Samuel Dalembert as the only true center on the roster.

It wasn’t a decision the Mavs wanted to execute, but with commitments to Dalembert and the still unofficially signed G Monta Ellis, waiving James was the chosen avenue to create ample cap space.

When James left Las Vegas after just one Summer League game, it was reported as an illness. Later it came out that James left for Dallas for personal reasons. It had been said his deadline for his non-guaranteed was mutually moved back, which led many to believe his Vegas departure was a contract related issue.

James will hit the waiver wire and the Mavs would love to re-sign the 28-year-old center who started 11 games in his rookie season. James saw about 10 minutes per game and averaged 2.8 points with 2.8 boards and almost one block.

If James gets claimed, where do the Mavs turn from here in order to solidify the center position behind Dalembert?

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Greg Oden would be a terrific gamble for the price the Mavs can offer, but no contract talk has actually taken place. Dallas and Oden did have two face-to-face meetings already which could be an encouraging sign, but no clear choice has emerged in the Oden sweepstakes.

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The recently amnestied F/C Drew Gooden could be an option, right? Gooden has played for the organization before he was dealt to the Washington Wizards in the trade that saw Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson becomes Mavericks. Gooden can play both power forward and center off the bench and would be had for the vet minimum.

 

For now those two names appear the most likely targets if James indeed gets snagged by another team in the waiver process. It still leaves Mavs fans questioning why James and not the expendable guard Josh Akognon? Does the front office know something we don’t?

We’ll find out soon enough…

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Go! Caution! Stop! Mavericks Traffic – Who should be Back Next Season?

by MavsFanatic on April 20, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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What to do with the final 15 Mavs players of the 2012-2013 season?

With a bevy of changes on the horizon in Mavsland, let’s take a glance at the 15 players on the 2012-2013. We’ll take time to discuss who we think who will definitely be back, who should return and those on a thin line.

It’s never simple to determine exactly who will fall into the needs while a whirlwind of changes occur, but we’re going to base this on the season’s production and abilities to best contribute in Dallas going forward.

Below the Mavs are listed by minutes played per game with the exception of listing Dirk Nowitzki ahead of O.J. Mayo.

Green Light – GO Yellow Light – CAUTION Red Light – STOP

The 15 Mavs players to end the season in Dallas:

Dirk Nowitzki – 31.3 MPG (Under contract in 2013-2014)

Ryan Wilson: GO Ladies and Gentlemen, the Pride of the Dallas Mavericks. The Tall Baller From The G. One can only hope that Nowitzki gets some solid talent to surround him for the final stage of his career. After missing 27 games to start the season, and having to get his conditioning in order, he began to show signs of his old self the final few weeks of the season.

Damian Jackson: GO for the greatest Dallas Maverick ever. Dirk said he belongs to the city of Dallas and wants to never put on another NBA jersey. Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson and all Mavs fans share the same feelings. The soon-to-be father is the easiest decision.

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O.J. Mayo – 35.5 MPG (Unrestricted Free Agent)

RW: CAUTION the man that everyone has a different opinion on going into next season. Mayo started off his 2012-2013 campaign on a very high note, but fizzled as the season continued. His inconsistent shooting combined with his poor ball-handling skills make him tough to go forward with. However, you forget that Mayo is only 25 years old, and even though that excuse is getting old, he can still be molded into a fine sixth man. A starter he is not, and it’s important the Mavericks know that when negotiating with him.

DJ: CAUTION with the 25-year old shooting guard. His choice to become a free agent made financial sense because he simply wants a longterm deal for security. The Mavs and Mayo appear to want one another going forward, but at what price? I think Mayo at $5M-$6M annually over three of four years is reasonable. Even better would be using Mayo as the sixth man, a role Jason Terry also shifted to and had great success.

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Shawn Marion – 30.0 MPG (ETO for 2013-2014)

RW: GO Marion will most likely opt in for his $9.3 million and stay with the Mavs for the 2013-2014 season. The “Matrix” had a very solid year, and his numbers increased across the board from last year. He still remains a solid defender and can still be very effective around the rim.

DJ: GO with the only other mainstay from the champion team besides Dirk. Matrix fully expects to stick with Dallas on his $9.3M. He’s aging, but you wouldn’t notice since he always plays hard and still remains among the league’s best defenders. Only way Marion isn’t a Mav next season is if the MBT utilizes him as part of a high profile blockbuster deal/signing that clearly improves the roster.

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Darren Collison – 29.3 MPG (Qualifying offer for 2013-2014)

RW: STOP Collison was brought in to be the Mavs point guard, and one who could possibly be the point guard of the future. After 47 games off inconsistent play, he was summoned to a bench role, where he flourished often. He is a restricted free agent, and after saying he wants to be a starter, it should prove to be the end of a short road in Dallas for DC.

DJ: CAUTION for the speedy Collison depending on the situation. The Mavs front office knows they cannot go into next season with DC as the starting point. Despite his view, Collison excels as a change of pace PG off the bench. If the Mavs can add a quality starter and don’t select a PG in the draft, I think they will try and convince DC to return as a reserve. That may be easier said than done.

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Vince Carter – 25.8 MPG (Under contract in 2013-2014)

RW: GO Vinsanity proved to be a major punch off of the bench, and had the Mavericks competed enough to make it to the post-season, could’ve proven to be a candidate for “Sixth Man of The Year”. He shot a higher percentage from the field, and from behind the arc. He is set to make a little over $3 million next season, and should be a solid bet to produce off the bench again next season.

DJ: GO for the former half MAN/half AMAZING. He was outstanding in other ways this year besides his signature high-flying jams. He became a major locker room/veteran presence and shot the 3-ball with his most success since his third NBA season in 2000-2001. VC is set to earn $3.81M next season and he’s one of the league’s top value players based on a production-to-cost ratio (Excluding players on rookie-scale contracts).

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Elton Brand – 21.2 MPG (Unrestricted Free Agent)

RW: STOP Brand was brought in on a very small one year deal, and after enduring an injury plagued season, contributed very little. He averaged career lows in points, rebounds, and assists. While that has a large part to do with playing significantly low minutes, he is more likely to join a team where he can finally get a chance at his first championship.

DJ: CAUTION As most guys say, Brand wants back in Dallas. He did add that he prefers strictly backup PF minutes, not center. EB plays with force and would be a great keep if he earned similar or less money than this year ($2.1M). He shouldn’t be a top priority and therefore patience will be important. Once the dust settles, Mavs can see what they have left to offer the former Dukie.

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Chris Kaman – 20.7 MPG (Unrestricted Free Agent)

RW: STOP Kaman was brought on to a Mavs franchise who struggled ever having a consistent big scoring option. Kaman was also plagued with a few injuries during the season, but could never really mesh with this ball club. As a result, he lashed out at coaching and upper management a few times, resulting in his worst year in terms of scoring and rebounding.

DJ: STOP for a center I was initially quite happy about signing last summer. Kaman can score, but he doesn’t bring much else on the court. Despite their friendship, their partnership on the floor didn’t flow as well. Dirk needs a rim protector at center for the utmost success of the team. Not sure Kaman wants to take less money to be a reserve center. Therefore I believe he will receive better offers elsewhere and move on. The Mavs won’t stop him.

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Mike James – 19.2 MPG (Unrestricted Free Agent)

RW: CAUTION The Mavericks brought in James once Derek Fisher pulled the ol’ Lookly Lue on the Mavericks, leaving them for family issues only to eventually join the rival Oklahoma City Thunder. While James shot pretty well from beyond the arc, he failed to do so overall, shooting only 37% from the field. He has played for 11 teams in his career and most signs point to a 12th here in the near future. I could, however, see the Mavericks keeping him as a player off the bench.

DJ: GO even though this seems crazy. At one point I had been calling Mike James ‘Tenday’ but he’s an ultra competitor, plays with heart and has embraced the Mavs fan base. If James wants to stick around to be the second/third string PG at the vet minimum, I have no issue with it.

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Brandan Wright – 18.0 MPG (Unrestricted Free Agent)

RW: GO Brandan Wright had a good year, once Carlisle decided to let the kid play. We might not be able to see much more of him in a Mavericks jersey, as other teams would likely be able to outbid the Mavericks for his services, as the Mavericks try to free up as much cap space as possible. The Mavericks front office has made it very clear they want him to stay, which is an approach I would have to agree with.

DJ: GO without almost any doubt. BWright finally received consistent minutes and his confidence flourished along with his game. He still has some flaws with defensive rotations and covering bigger centers, but he’s more than made up for it offensively and improved rebounding. Wright will command more than the minimum he’s had the past two seasons and the Mavs should pay him fair to watch his prime years develop in Mavs Blue.

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Jae Crowder – 17.3 MPG (Under contract in 2013-2014)

RW: GO I like Jae Crowder. I don’t care what everyone says. He’s young, and makes a lot of mistakes, but he’s young. He’s a very physical player and if he can work on his shooting and presence in the open court, Jae could prove to be a very nice piece off the bench.

DJ: GO for the tough Marquette product. Crowder proved to be a solid rotation player most of the season drafted in the second round. He’s guaranteed money next season at a very reasonable price and fits in the Maverick future plans. However, it is possible Jae becomes a sweetener in an offseason trade, but if he avoids that fate he’ll return to the play where he wants to call home – Big D.

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Roddy Beaubois – 12.2 MPG (Qualifying offer for 2013-2014)

RW: STOP Poor Roddy. Another up and down year led to him finally putting together some solid games, only to break his hand immediately after. It’s always been an up and down career for Roddy as Maverick, and this seems to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.

DJ: STOP in what should mark the end of Roddy Buckets with the Dallas Mavericks. A guy who showed incredible promise his rookie season never panned out due to several injuries that hindered his progress. The MBT has waited long enough and will likely not bring Roddy B back for a fifth season. For sure…

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Bernard James – 9.9 MPG (Non-Guaranteed for 2013-2014)

RW: STOP Bernard actually cracked the starting lineup a few times this year, but seriously, who didn’t? His numbers weren’t anything to take note on, but he did seem to be a presence on the defensive end. He has a non-guaranteed contract for next season, so could be on his way out.

DJ: CAUTION here simply because Sarge and Brandan Wright are redundant. Wright is younger and has an advanced offensive arsenal. Both protect the rim in similar manor. The price isn’t the issue so it’ll come down to fit. James wouldn’t be a bad third string center if the Mavs can acquire a full-time starter for the position. My guess at this point is Sarge returns, there’s no risk.

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Anthony Morrow – 4.8 MPG

RW: STOP Morrow was brought in to hopefully give the Mavericks some shooting options off the bench, but never really was given the opportunity. He will now be a free agent, and seeing as there are better options out there in terms of shooting guards, it figures to be a short stay for him.

DJ: GO and light it up A-Mo! Morrow came to Dallas midway in the season, but didn’t crack the rotation behind Mayo, Carter and Crowder. Morrow’s chances of returning may depend on what happens with Mayo. Fans love Morrow and he owns one of the purest jumpers in the league. Will he get an opportunity with the Mavs? He has my vote.

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Jared Cunningham – 3.3 MPG (Under contract in 2013-2014)

RW: CAUTION Not really sure what the deal is with J1Flight. His athleticism is off the chart, but he is a work in progress. He still has another year under contract, so hopefully the Mavs can do some work and get him ready to contribute.

DJ: STOP even though he’s on a first round guaranteed deal. I think it’s very likely Cunnington ends up dealt over the summer in some kind of trade. He never really made an impact for the Mavs, spending much time with the D-League affiliate Texas Legends. He’s got the athletic aspect on his side, but development needs to happen, but finding court time with Dallas may not happen.

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Josh Akognon – 3.0 MPG (Unrestricted Free Agent)

RW: CAUTION Akognon was on the Mavs for 8 games, and played a total of 9 minutes in 3 games of action. While there could be potential there, he is not under contract. He could come back for a small contract and see what he could become as a Maverick.

DJ: STOP although he’s a cool ass story. Akognon straight killed the Chinese league with a 29.0 point per game average. He did play in three games for the Mavs at the end of the year and scored his first NBA points. That said, Akognon will more than likely find work elsewhere in the association or back overseas.

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Now it’s your turn; tell us who you think should be Mavericks next year. Also who you feel it’s time to move on. It’s going to be one of the craziest and most active offseasons for the Dallas Mavericks. Gear up MavsNation!

- Mavs Fanatic Founder & Partner Ryan Wilson, Damian Jackson

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In The Face Of Adversity, Nowitzki Impresses Yet Again

by Ryan Wilson on March 31, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

NBA: Chicago Bulls at Dallas Mavericks

You’d have to see it to believe it. In a game the Mavericks desperately needed, the one player they have leaned on for years, delivered once again.

With the Mavericks trailing 97-85 with only 4: 07 remaining, Dirk Nowitzki put the entire team and season on his back, beard and all. Those fans who left thinking the Mavericks chances were over missed out on all the heroics, and those who stayed were treated to yet another legendary performance from Nowitzki.

In those 4 minutes, the Mavericks outscored Chicago 15-1, with Nowitzki notching the last 8 of them, the final 3-pointer being the final blow.

“It’s kind of like the story of our season, honestly,” said Nowitzki, who was 14-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-6 from 3-point range in the game, 6-of-7 and 3-of-4 in the fourth. “Every time people write us out or say we’re done, for some reason, we find a way to hang around.

I couldn’t have put it better myself. This team just plays with so much heart. Regardless of if they land that final playoff spot, I can sit here and thoroughly enjoy being a fan of a team and organization like this.

For all of those who have said Nowitzki’s decline has already begun, take notice. Yeah, he’s another year older, but he continues to show that when you have the heart and desire like he does, you can throw all that other stuff aside.

“Whatever they say we can’t do as a team or he can’t do as a player, he finds a way,” Elton Brand said. “He works at it and finds a way to win. That’s the bottom line.”

For those new Mavs who haven’t been accustomed to the long legacy that is Dirk Nowitzki, they are starting to take notice.

“He hit some crazy shots, man, and just did what he does,” O.J. Mayo said. “He pulled us through. He’s a cold boy; got ice in his veins.”

When Dirk’s career is over, we will look at performances like these. He’s an MVP, a Finals MVP, an NBA Champion, 11 time All-Star, and has been the face of a first class organization since he came into the league.

I advise anyone who thinks the Mavericks team is done to take caution. They have one of the all time clutch players in the game. A player that continues to impress, even with all of those analysts who seem to think he is on that proverbial decline.

So, for those who may have turned off that game, and forgot that the “Tall Baller From The G” was still on the court, here is the video that will put it all into perspective.

On Tap:

Los Angeles Lakers (April 2nd) - The razors will once again be out in full force, while the Mavericks look to take one more step towards that 8th and final playoff spot.

Credits: Tim MacMahon
Video Credits: Max Frishberg

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