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Mavs Reloaded: Championship Resemblance?

by Michael Lark on July 31, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks are wrapping up what looks to be their best offseason since hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy in 2011. We all remember how that offseason began; the Mavs utilized the well-known DUST (Dampier’s Ultimate Sign Trade) Chip for Tyson Chandler. The Mavs were hoping to somehow flip the DUST Chip for cap space in order to sign then free agent, Lebron “I’m Coming Home” James, but instead ended up with the often injured Chandler who was better known for his alley-oop dunks with Chris Paul then his defensive fortitude. Without a big name free agent the Mavs were forced to build with role players around Dirk Nowitzki.

The 2011 edition of the Dallas Mavericks were one of the most unique teams in NBA history. They weren’t a team comprised of individuals, but rather a group of individuals (See: Heat, Miami) working together as a team. All 15 players on the roster had a role; and while some roles were bigger than others, each person played a valuable role in the collective goal of the team - win a championship.

Three seasons later, the Mavs offseason looks eerily similar. Lebron chose to take his talents and ego elsewhere while the Mavs utilize their Euro Chip, Jose Calderon, to bring Chandler back to Dallas. While fans are excited about the move, it doesn’t thrust the Mavs into the discussion for a title and they still didn’t land a big fish. Instead, they still have Nowitzki and have added key role players around him following the same blueprint from 2011.

So how do the players on this team fit into their roles compared to the 2011 Championship team? Let’s take a look.

 

The Leader

2011 Rick Carlisle vs. 2014 Rick Carlisle

Four years later, Carlisle is still around and remains highly regarded as one of the top coaches in the NBA. He’s a smart coach who has made a name for himself as a coach that can get the most out of any player. Carlisle has continued to get better each year and remains the number one strength, aside from Mark Cuban, of the Mavs organization.

 

 

The Superstar

2011 Dirk Nowitzki  vs. 2014 Dirk Nowitzki

Now 36, Dirk is four years older and a half step slower. His season averages have dropped slightly from 2011 (23.0 ppg, 7.0 rebs, 2.6 asts) to his 2013 numbers (21.7 ppg, 6.2 rebs, 2.7 asts). After an injury riddled 2012-13 campaign, Dirk came back to his usual form and earned a trip to the NBA All-Star Game in 2014. Since 2001, when trailing by 3 points or less in the final 30 seconds of a game, Dirk has the highest field goal percentage of any player in the NBA at 45.2% (19 of 42) when shooting for a tie or a lead according to Basketball-Reference.com.

 

The Sidekick

2011 Jason Terry vs. 2014 Monta Ellis

Last year, Monta Ellis stepped into the role of Dirk’s sidekick. He proved many critics wrong who labeled him an inefficient, volume shooter by utilizing the “Dirk Effect” to get open opportunities and improve his shot selection. The Dirk and JET two-man game was resurrected and ultimately proved to be an enormous success. On paper, Monta’s 2013 numbers (19.0 ppg, 3.6 rebs, 5.7 asts) demonstrate that he can easily fill the role of 2011 Jason Terry (15.8 ppg, 1.9 rebs, 4.1 asts). However, it’s JET’s intangibles as a leader and clutch shooter that may have Monta falling short.

 

Tuff Juice

2011 Caron Butler vs. 2014 Chandler Parsons

Caron Butler was the forgotten Maverick on the 2011 Championship team. During the regular season before a torn patella tendon ended his season, he averaged 15.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was a reliable option every night that could provide a little bit of everything. In 2014, the Mavs struck gold with Chandler Parsons (16.6 ppg, 5.5 rebs, 4.0 asts) who they hope can be the reliable second or third scoring option this season, playing the role of Caron Butler.

 

The Defensive Anchor

2011 Tyson Chandler vs. 2014 Tyson Chandler

Chandler is perhaps the most valuable piece of the puzzle. Just as in 2011, (10.1 ppg, 9.4 rebs, 1.1 blks) he’s in a contract year. His season averages have dipped (8.7 ppgs, 9.6 rebs, 1.1 blks) and the tag “always injured” still haunts him. After a down year in 2013, the 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year believes he can be even better than he was in 2011.

 

Ole Reliable

2011 Jason Kidd vs. 2014 Jameer Nelson

In 2011, 37 year-old Jason Kidd (7.9 ppg, 4.4 rebs, 8.2 asts) was “Ole Reliable” in the Mavs backcourt. He provided the Mavs with a backcourt leader who could facilitate and consistently knock down open three-point shots (35%). At 32, Jameer Nelson looks poised to do the same as a facilitator (7.0 assists per game in 2013) and three-point shooter (35%). Though, he lacks the size on the defensive end that made Jason Kidd so unique, who was even able to guard Lebron James in the Finals at times. But hey, it’s ok because we started from the bottom now Jameer.

 

The Defensive Stopper

2011 Shawn Marion vs. 2014 Jae Crowder/Al Farouq-Aminu

Shawn Marion was the Mavs most versatile player in 2011. He was the team’s defensive stopper, often guarding the opponent’s top players while boasting solid numbers on the offensive end (12.5 ppg, 6.9 rebs, 1.4 asts). This year the Mavs fall overwhelmingly short of the 2011 Matrix. In 2014, The Matrix Reloaded presents a double feature of players with solid defensive abilities in Jae Crowder (4.6 ppg, 2.5 rebs, 0.8 asts) and athletic sensation, Al Farqou-Aminu (7.2 ppg, 6.2 rebs, 1.4 asts). Both are just what you’d think: they’re comparable, but the original Matrix is better.

 

That’s Penetration Holmes

2011 J.J. Barea vs. 2014 Devin Harris

Mr. Drive and Kick at 5”8’ J.J. Barea (9.5 ppg, 2.0 rebs, 3.9 asts) supplied the 2011 Mavs with a player who could break down defenses, get to the basket and score or find the open man on the wing. The 2014 Mavs have a similar player in Devin Harris (7.9 ppg, 2.5 rebs, 4.5 asts), but this time with a lot more size. Now, the only question that remains is, can he stay healthy?

 

The Marksmen

2011 Peja Stojakovic vs. 2014 Richard Jefferson

In 2011, Stojakovic (8.6 ppg, 2.6 rebs, 3.9 asts) had one role and one role only: to make three-pointers. And that’s exactly what he did, shooting 41% from behind the arc while providing little else, finishing his career with the ninth most three-pointers made. Jefferson (10.1 ppg, 2.7 rebs, 1.6 asts) is 109th on that same list, is three years younger and has the athleticism to get to bucket and convert at the three.

 

The Back Up Big

2011 Brendan Haywood vs. 2014 Greg Smith

As much flack as Haywood got as a member of the Mavs, he was actually one of the top backup centers in the league in 2011 (4.4 ppg, 5.2 rebs) who embraced his role as the lace clogging big man. This year’s Mavs feature a little known center, Greg Smith (3.5 ppg, 2.5 rebs), who comes to the team with little experience and a history of injuries.

 

Hey Youngster!

2011 Roddy Beaubois vs. 2014 Gal Mekel

Roddy B was last seen in the 2014 Vegas Summer League. In 2011, Beaubois’ roll was virtually non-existent.  Expect Mekel role to be the same.

 

“Hey Lebron! How’s my Dirk taste?”

2011 DeShawn Stevenson vs. 2014 Raymond Felton

DeShawn Stevenson (5.3 ppg, 1.5 rebs, 1.1 asts) was a significant, multipurpose role player for the Mavs in 2011, capable of hitting big time three-point shots and guarding players like his good buddy Lebron James. While Raymond Felton had a down year in New York (9.7 ppg, 3.0 rebs, 5.6 asts) last year, he at least appears to be working on his shooting, albeit illegally.

 

Born Ready

2011 Corey Brewer vs. 2014 Brandan Wright

With one of the deepest benches in the league in 2011, the Mavs didn’t always have enough playing time to go around.  When his name was called, Corey Brewer was ready to go and even helped saved the Mavs  in a pivotal game against the Lakers in the playoffs.   The 2014 Corey Brewer will be Brandan Wright, who may be not play a significant role for several games at a time, but when his name is called he’ll be ready to provide the energy the Mavs need with his length and athleticism.

 

The Custodian

2011 Brian Cardinal vs. 2014 Eric Griffin/Ivan Johnson

The Custodian was there to clean up the mess.  Brian Cardinal was Dirk’s best friend, capable of knocking down big shots, setting picks and providing all-around toughness.  Newly acquired forwards Eric Griffin and Ivan Johnson are just as capable of stepping into that role, while providing much more skill and athleticism on the offensive end.

 

The Replica Fadeway

2011 Ian Mahinmi vs. 2014 Bernard James

Third string center Ian Mahimi is most remember for his replica one-legged fadeaway in the closing second of the third quarter in the 2011NBA Finals (http://youtu.be/Z657Q1NcNF8) despite being regulated to the teams 14th man.  In 2014, Bernard James, who is expected to re-sign with the Mavs, will provide the same role as a practice body and bench leader.

 

The Future

2011 Dominque Jones vs .2014 Ricky Ledo

DoJo was supposed to be the next starting point guard for the Mavs, but his development never really materialized and he was last seen playing for the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball League (30.6 ppg, 5.8 rebs, 6.5 asts).  The Mavs are hoping Ricky Ledo, the #6 prospect on Rivals 150 for 2012, will and should have more potential the Jones.

If things come together as they did back in 2011, this Mavericks squad will be one to reckon with even in the ultra competitive Western Conference.

Why Not Us?

Credit: Basket4us.com (DeShawn Photo); ProSportsBlogging.com (Marion Photo); TotalProSports.com (Dirk Photo); CBSSports.com (Tyson Photo)

 

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Historic Title Run: A Look Back – Game 4

by Greg Higgins on June 11, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Game 4: June 7, 2011 Dallas, Texas

After winning home court advantage in the NBA Finals with a comeback win in Game 2, the Mavericks lost the advantage in Game 3 after losing by two points. Down 2-1 in the series, Dallas hoped game 4 would turn the series back in their favor. They would have to do it with their leader, Dirk Nowtizki, battling a 101 temperature and sinus infection.

Dirk hit his first three shots of the game but then missed 10 of his next 11 shots. However, like he had done all postseason, he showed up when it counted. Dirk finished with 21 points for the game with 10 of them coming in the final 12 minutes – including a layup with 14.4 seconds left in the game.

Dirk’s dominance in the fourth quarter was somewhat overlooked because of the play of LeBron James in the fourth. Dirk’s 10 points in game 4 was more than James had scored in the fourth quarter for the whole series. James scored five in game 1, two in games 2 and 3 and zero in game 4. There were some games in which LeBron hung around the three-point line and acted like he didn’t want the ball.

His eight points in Game 4 broke a stretch of 433 consecutive playoff and regular season games in which he scored in double-figures. Of course Mavs fans didn’t care. The series was now tied 2-2 after Dallas defeated the Heat 86-83.

The Mavs and their fans needed Dirk to get some rest. Game 5 would be a critical point in the series. Of the last 26 times the Finals were tied 2-2, the winner of game 5 won the title 19 times. Dallas needed their big man ready, but for tonight, they would celebrate tying the series at two games a piece.

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Historic Title Run: A Look Back – Game 3

by Greg Higgins on June 9, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Game 3: June 5, 2011 Dallas, Texas

After doing what they needed to do in Miami by stealing a game, the Dallas Mavericks returned home for three games, hoping to lock up their first championship. Of course this task wouldn’t be easy since they would have to win three in a row against the Miami Heat but it was the task before them.

Dallas tried riding the momentum from Game 2’s big comeback victory. Dallas, who rallied from 15 down in Game 2, rallied from 14 down in Game 3. However, this time, Miami was able to hold on for the victory. Dwyane Wade finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds and three assists in the win for the Heat, who pulled within two games of winning the title.

The Mavericks superstar, Dirk Nowitzki, proved once again why he deserves to be in the discussion of greatest performers of all time. With his team trailing 81-74 with 6:30 left to play, Dirk scored 12 straight for the Mavs to tie the game at 86.

Chris Bosh, however, would hit the final shot of the game with just under 40 seconds to play to give the Heat an 88-86 win. Dirk finished the game with a game-high 34 points to go along with 11 rebounds. Fifteen of those points, though, came in the fourth quarter. The problem, though, was the rest of the Mavs only scored seven points in the final period.

With the loss, Dallas was 8-2 at home during the post season. No surprise to Mavs fans, Dan Crawford officiated the game. Coming into the 2011 postseason, the Mavs had lost 16 of 17 games in which he refereed.

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Historic Title Run: A Look Back – Game 2

by Greg Higgins on June 8, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks were in need of a win in the worst way coming into Game 2 against the Miami Heat. Dallas had already lost the first game of the series and things didn’t bode well for a team, statistically, if they went down 0–2. A team that had won the first two games of the series had won the series an incredible 93% of the time. The last team to lose the series after winning the first two games was the Mavericks in 2006 against the Heat.

This game, however, was extremely hard for me. I was in Pennsylvania for a family members’ graduation and most of them are not sports fans and they do not watch very much television at all. Trying not to be rude, I decided to just keep up on my iPhone instead of trying to watch the game there or somewhere else. It turns out, I made the wrong choice.

Miami seemed to have their way with the Mavericks down low early in the game as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had a dunk-fest. It was the fourth quarter, though, where things got really dicey.

After a three-minute stretch in which the Heat took a three-point lead and extended it to 15, Dallas looked dead in the water. With just over seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Wade hit a jumper to put Miami up 88–73.

The play, however, will be known for more than just a jump shot for Wade. After hitting the shot in front of the Mavericks bench, Wade stook there with his arm up in the air as he posed in front of the Mavericks players. LeBron ran over and joined in the celebration. Whether it was that or something different, the Mavericks seemed to have new life coming out of the timeout.

The defense of Dallas shut down Miami over the next 7:13; holding them to five points over that time. Dallas outscored Miami 22–5 as they came storming back to win the game. The winning basket came from Dirk Nowtizki as he made a layup with just over five seconds to put the Mavs up 95–93.

It was about this time that I thought I was going to ge kicked out of my family. I’m not sure how loud I yelled but I know it was loud enough to cause quite the disturbance in the force. Dirk, the ultimate Mavericks’ Jedi Warrior, had just done the unthinkable as they evened the series at one game apiece.

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Historic Title Run: A Look Back – Game 1

by Greg Higgins on June 6, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Game 1: May 31, 2011

 

The 2011 NBA Finals brought more intrigue than anyone could imagine as the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat would face off. This wasn’t just in Dallas or Miami but all over the country. People were anxiously awaiting to see how the new trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh would do in South Beach. It was only about 10 months prior they were promising seven championships in Miami and the whole world wanted to see if they could deliver.

In Dallas, fans were anxiously waiting to see the rematch between the Mavs and Heat. This was the same team that had taken them down in 2006 after Dallas had a commanding 2–0 lead in the series. Dallas hadn’t fully recovered from the heartbreak of that series. The anticipation of the rematch was alost too much to handle.

dirknThe only two remaining Mavs players from that team, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, were glad for a rematch as well. Both players had waited for the opportunity to be called champion and in 2006 they let it slip through their fingertips. Dirk and Terry had something to prove this time more than anyone else on the team, with the exception of Jason Kidd. Kidd had been to the finals twice with the New Jersey Nets only to be beaten by the LA Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.

The series opened in Miami since they had the better record during the season. After it was all said and done, the Mavericks were held to thier lowest point total of the playoffs with 84. With the exception of Dirk, the Mavs struggled offensively as they only shot 37.3% from the field.

Dallas also had trouble keeping the Heat off the boards. Miami out-rebounded Dallas 46–36 and 16–6 on the offensive glass. Dallas had their chances, though. With just under four minutes to play in the game Dallas was withing striking distance at 77–73. Miami went on an 8–2 run in less than a minute to break the game open as they cruised to the victory.
Dirk, who scored a game high 27 points, tore a tendon in his non-shooting hand and revealed after the game he’d have to wear a splint for the remainder of the postseason. It was only one game, but it sure did feel like the winds were let out of the sail. The Mavericks seemed like they had probably met their match with Miami.

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Historic Title Run: A Look Back

by Greg Higgins on June 1, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The 2014 NBA Finals are all set with the San Antonio Spurs facing off against the Miami Heat. This time of year is a little bitter-sweet for me as a Mavericks’ fan. It’s bitter because I want Dallas to be competing for a championship and they’re not. It’s sweet, though, cause it’ll always reminds me of the 2011 NBA Finals.

As a Mavs fan, who could ever forget that epic title run by the Mavericks. Dallas finished the postseason 16-5 that year. Over the next few week, we are going to bring back the memory of the six games with the Heat.

It started in the first round when they played the Portland Trail Blazers and defeated them 4-2. Dallas fans everywhere didn’t expect this at all. Even though the Mavs were the higher seed (No. 3 seed. They finished tied with the Lakers but the Lakers held the tie-breaker), everyone thought LaMarcus Aldridge and company would take care of the Mavericks.

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The Mavericks hadn’t won a playoff series in a long time. After going 67-15 in the 2006-2007 season, the Mavericks were knocked out of the first round by Golden State. Why would this year be any different than the previous four or five?

The Mavs even blew a 23-point lead in game 4 after having a 2-1 series lead. After that game, everyone felt like the same Mavericks were back. This team for whatever reason couldn’t win a big game when they needed to. That changed in the next two games as the Mavericks closed out the Blazers and moved on to the semifinals.

Round two was going to be tougher, though. I couldn’t imagine a possibility of how the Mavericks would get by the Los Angeles Lakers. Kobe Bryant was on a mission to show the world why he was the best player on the planet. The Lakers had been to three straight NBA Finals, winning the last two. I didn’t think they could do it.

Something happened in that series, though, that would define the Mavericks for the rest of the playoffs. The Mavericks, who fell behind in game 1 against the Lakers in the fourth quarter, came back to win the game. Dallas would use that trick to win six games from here on out.

Dallas took the next game at Staples Center before returning home to finish the sweep. The most impressive part of the sweep was Game 4, in which they blew out the mighty Lakers on Mother’s Day. It was the first time Phil Jackson had ever been swept in his coaching career.

After sweeping the Lakers, the up and coming Oklahoma City Thunder was next up. The only hiccup for the Mavericks in that series came in Game 2 when the Thunder stole a game in Dallas. Dallas won that series in five games. The Mavericks had finally returned to a place that had haunted them for five years.

Dallas, who blew a 2-0 series lead to the Heat in 2006, would finally get a rematch with Miami. This time, though, it would be more than Dwyane Wade they would be facing as LeBron James and Chris Bosh had joined forces. That didn’t matter for now. The Mavericks were in the Finals and that was something spectacular in and of itself.

Photo credit to StreetBall.com, DeviantArt.

 

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All-Access Pre-Game Pass With Higgins

by Greg Higgins on March 25, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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I’m not sure why, but I still get nervous before Mavericks games in which I’m attending as a part of the media. As I was headed towards the AAC on 75, I was trying to figure out what I needed to do when I got to the stadium. After three games like this, you would think I would have it figured out by now, that is far from the case. I still get nervous and jittery.

Sunday, when I got to the arena, I grabbed my media pass from the lady at the table, had my laptop bag inspected and then I hit the elevator. I made my way to the basement of the AAC and found someone in a maroon coat. They always know what’s going on.

I asked the gentleman sitting at a table where I could find Rick Carlisle’s pre-game press conference. He looked at me and told me he had no idea but to ask this other gentleman. He would know. So much for my theory on maroon coats knowing everything.

The second guy told me to head to Interview Room 1. I know where that is. It’s the same room he does his postgame press conference in. I asked if that’s where Jason Kidd would do his as well. He told me it was the same room.

I walked to the interview room and there were two guys in there setting it up. Just to make sure I was in the right spot I asked one more time if this was where Carlisle would be talking and they said it was. I then asked if it was where Jason Kidd would be doing his and they said no. They explained that he would be down the hall a little ways. It was at that moment I decided maybe I shouldn’t trust the maroon coats anymore.

Carlisle came in and it was quite a different sight. Carlisle was sporting a Mavericks T-shirt and gray sweat pants. It was quite different from the suit and tie look we are accustomed too. He started off by praising the work of Jason Kidd as a coach. He also talked about how the Brooklyn Nets were one of the hottest teams in the NBA. He didn’t speak long.

As soon as he was gone, we all left the room and made our way towards J-Kidd. He already had a group of reporters around him. I could barely hear what he was saying because he speaks so softly. I listened and tried to hear what he was saying but I could only make out a few words.

After he was done I walked towards the Mavs locker room. There were several of us that walked in and went straight for a stepper machine in which Mark Cuban was utilizing. He had been on it for a while as he was pouring sweat.

I had a few questions I wanted to ask Cuban but I was watching the professionals do the asking. He was asked questions about Jason Collison and retiring Derick Harper’s number this year.

ForbescoverPretty sure all 6 of us standing there got “wide-eyed” when Cuban made the announcement that the NFL would implode within 10 years. We all looked around and tried figuring out what he meant. One of the other reporters asked him what he meant so he explained himself.

“When the pigs get fat, the hogs get slaughtered,” he said. “And they’re getting hoggy.”

In my mind, when a multi-billionaire speaks his mind about business, someone should listen.  His reasoning was because the NFL is getting greedy. The idea that they have a great product right now and it’s working good. The problem Cuban sees is they want to expand the television market to take over more days a week and he said that’s going to cause the implosion. People will lose interest in the product on the field because their team may be playing on a Tuesday this week or a Friday next week.

By this time, Cuban is down on the ground with us and he’s talking face to face. He’s still dripping with sweat from his time on the exercise machine.

He wraps up the interview and we all head towards the exit of the locker room. Brandan Wright is sitting there by the locker and he says hello as I walk by. Somehow this still doesn’t get old I think to myself as I walk towards the elevator to get to the press box.

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Trade Deadline: Mavs Player Value – Jose Calderon

by Albert Luna on February 17, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The week of the trade deadline has arrived, and we will continue our look at each Mavericks player and their value on the trade market with other teams. Be sure to check back every day as we count down towards the trade deadline.

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CalderonJose Calderon

What’s the market value of this savvy, veteran shooting point guard who’s on the wrong side of 30?

Salary:

$6,791,570

Age:

32 years, 5 months

Season Stats:

11.6 PPG – 4.8 APG – 2.3 RPG

Potential: 

His best days are behind him but you could plug him in to any system in the league and he would contribute; could be a great bench presence for a Championship contender.

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Trade Value:

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Signed to a four-year, $29 million contract. Calderon will be paid $6,791,570 in 2013-14. There is neither a player nor team option in his deal. The Mavs likely outbid the market on Calderon, but they needed a pure point guard in the worst way based on how last season played out at the position (Darren Collison, Mike James among others.). Calderon, who led the league in 3-point percentage (46.1) last season, is shooting a slightly less yet still impressive clip of 44.5% (good for 6th in the league this season). This gives Calderon significant value for the Mavs as a floor-spacer to help create room for scoring threats (such as Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis) to work.  Although having a low assist average this year (4.8), Calderon is having one of his better campaigns efficiency-wise, having a career low in turnovers (1.2) (which is the best clip among starting point guards in the entire league). Calderon rarely threads the needle and looks to make the simple pass more often than not which is a main reason the Spaniard has been able to guide the Mavs to 6th in the league in assists. The Mavs consider the ability to get the ball in the right spot at the right time a critical element that they lacked last season, which contributed mightily to their crunch-time woes.  The numbers might not be there, but Jose has brought the culture. Defensively however is an entirely different matter, as Calderon and Ellis (as expected) have formed one of the worst starting defensive backcourts in the league. Calderon simply doesn’t have the lateral footwork to keep up with some of the quicker guards in the conference (such as Lillard, Westbrook and Curry).  Devin Harris off the bench does provide some solid defensive presence on the exterior but as long as Calderon and Ellis are together, they’ll continue to be elite offensively, but a liability on the other end.

There is a concern based on the fact that all four years of Calderon’s deal are guaranteed. Age may be a problem as Calderon will be 35 in the final year of his deal, but he still has the ability to facilitate on offense and shoot the lights out.

If Calderon can stay healthy, he could play a similar role to that of Jason Kidd in his later Dallas days. If Calderon does show signs of decline, (which there is no evidence to point to as of now) the Mavs will likely have to go other directions with the starting point spot. This is likely the only way the Mavs would be willing to shop Calderon, presently however it’s highly unlikely the Mavs would be willing to deal a point guard that fits so well in their system. Calderon also would have a hard time yielding any trade value as he’s 32 and on a long term deal, eliminating contending playoff and championship teams as potential suitors. Calderon realistically probably will never be an attractive trade value again, unless of course he maintains his level of play for 4 more years and the Mavs were to deal him on his then-expiring contract. That is all speculation at this point since the Mavs will have a completely different landscape to their team by then.

Although it seems as if the Calderon signing was a bad deal that locked the Mavs hands for 4 years on a 32 point guard, it is actually turning out as a fair bargain given his intangibles and fit in Coach Carlisle’s system. Trade value wise, he has little to no value but that could work as an advantage for the Mavs as it gives them 4 years of stability, planning, and hopefully winning.

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Days until trade deadline: 3 days

Stay tuned!

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Trade Deadline Series: Mavs Player Value – Harris & Carter

by Albert Luna on February 16, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Now only 4 days away, we continue are look each Mavericks player and their value on the trade market with other teams. Be sure to check back every day as we count down towards the trade deadline.

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Players: Devin Harris and Vince Carter

What is the trade value for these 2 seasoned veterans that bring scoring, leadership among others on expiring contracts?

Salaries:

Harris- $884,293- Carter- $ 3,180,000

Age:

Harris – 30 years, 11 months, Carter – 37 years, 1 month

Season Stats:

Harris: 8.9 PPG – 3.8 APG – 1.3 RPG

Carter: 11.3 PPG – 2.8 APG – 3.3 RPG

Potential: 

Harris - His best days are most likely behind him. His current role is probably his best usage, good savvy scoring reserve off the bench. Could start for some of the non-playoff teams in this league at his age still.

Carter - For his age is exceeding expectations. Potential has clearly been reached in solid, scoring presence off bench for playoff caliber team.

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Trade Value:

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Signed to a guaranteed one-year, $884,293 contract. Much like DeJuan Blair, the Mavs were able to take advantage of acquiring Harris as a veteran minimum signing. Harris, who was traded away from the Mavs 6 years ago for Jason Kidd, comes back to Dallas as a more polished defensive player but has no doubt been on the downswing offensively (he was averaging 21.3 PPG his first full year with the Nets but is averaging just 10 points in his last 3 seasons. However that is not to underestimate him as a player that is constantly on the lookout for a nice 15 point game on any given night. Defensively, his progression in Atlanta (his lone season last year with the team where he played alongside point guard Jeff Teague) provided some unique flexibility as he defended the shooting guard position with moderate success. Injuries have plagued Harris throughout career. Taking out the 66-game lockout season of 2012-13, Harris averaged 65.2 games played in a five-year span leading up to this season. This season he seems poised to compete in about 40 games, essentially missing half the season. Harris and teammate DeJuan Blair are in the same boat as they signed a one year deal in hopes of proving their worth to guarantee a longer contract this summer (similar to OJ Mayo). Trade Value wise, Harris is a big asset for the Mavs. He can only be looked to be realistically dealt to a contender since anyone else could simply sign him outright this summer. Although the Mavs plan to entertain him with offers of their own this summer, it would be wise to at least make calls and find out what his value would be in a trade. Teams that are looking for scoring punch from guards off the bench (such as Portland, Oklahoma City, or even Brooklyn) as they make their descent into a long playoff run could look at Harris as a great 3-4 month loaner. If the Mavs have decided that Harris most likely isn’t in their future plans they should at least look to get a 2nd round pick and a player in return (such as Alan Anderson from Brooklyn or Thomas Robinson from Portland).

Although has been injured, he has proven that he can still be a nice scoring option off the bench for any team in this league. His defensive improvement has also allowed him to be a bigger asset than most for the Mavs. If the team does hold on to him, look for them to almost certainly pursue him in the off-season, if not they would lose him for nothing.

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Carter is in the last year of his deal that is worth just a shade over $ 3 million for this season. Carter has shown that age is just a number (Carter recently turned 37 years old) and has been providing the Mavs instant offense and underrated defense in his third consecutive season as the Mavs’ sixth man. Most of all, Carter has been able to stay healthy and drive a Mavs bench that has under preformed since the 2011 championship bench. Carter’s health can be attributed to Coach Rick Carlisle keeping his minutes in the mid-20s per game, putting a priority on keeping the 17-year vet. Carter remains an outstanding one-on-one and pick-and-roll creator and offensive focal point for the second unit. He also is a floor-spacing complement, knocking down 36.6 percent of his 3-pointers this season. Trade value wise, owner Mark Cuban went on the record late last season saying he hopes to retain Carter’s services after his contract expires this summer. Carter said he hasn’t considered retirement, adding that his body will tell him when it’s time. He certainly looks capable of continuing to be an NBA contributor beyond 2014. Carter’s shooting, and leadership along with his expiring deal makes him that much more attractive to contending teams. Teams in need of a shooter (such as the Trailblazers, or injury-ridden Spurs). These caliber-type teams are likely the only ones that would be interested in someone like Carter at his age. The Mavs would likely only be able to yield a draft pick, however they could reasonably ask for that pick to be a first rounder given Carter’s high value.

The bottom line is that both Harris and Carter are both in the final months of expiring contracts and given their scoring punch and leadership, they could help out any team from a reserve role. If the Mavs decide to hang on to them both, expect them to likely look to resign them this summer as they will have run the risk of losing high caliber talent for nothing. Time will tell if their decision pays off or could come to haunt them in the future.

Days until trade deadline: 4 days

Stay tuned!

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Wrap Up: Mavs Can’t Stop Teletovic, Nets In Loss

by Greg Higgins on January 29, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (25-20) happened to catch the Brooklyn Nets (19-22) at the wrong time.  Brooklyn has been the hottest team in the NBA in the new year. Coming into Friday night’s contest with the Mavs, the Nets are 8-1 in 2014. This included wins against the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors. After Friday night, you can make it 9-1 for Brooklyn as they defeated the Mavs 107-106.

How it went down:

Dallas, finishing up a stretch of games in which they played six games in six different cities in ten different games, were facing Jason Kidd for the first time as a head coach. Not only was it a reunion with Jason Kidd, but the Mavs were also facing Jason Terry for the first time in a Nets uniform.

Terry, however, wasn’t the person that beat the Mavs though. Actually, the Mavs were defeated by the most unlikely of heroes. Reserve Mirza Teletovic drained seven three-pointers for Brooklyn as he scored 34 points in 27 minutes of action.

Teletovic scored 24 points in the second quarter on six of seven from three-point land. His 24 points was almost as much as the Mavs scored for the whole quarter (25). Brooklyn outscored the Mavs 39-25 in the quarter and built an 11-point lead at the break. Dallas’ guard Vince Carter did his best to keep the Mavs close as he scored 10 points in the half, including two from beyond the arc.

Dallas tried to inch back into the game but the Nets kept answering every run. The Mavs, trailing by 11 in the final period kept coming back but in the end, they ran out of time.

Inside the Numbers: 

The 34 points by Teletovic is a career high for him.

Devin Harris had his best game since returning to Dallas. Devin finished with 14 points on 4-6 shooting. He did foul out, however, in only 16 minutes of action.

Impact Play of the Game:  Trailing by three (105-102), Jason Kidd chose to intentionally foul Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk knocked down the first shot and purposefully missed the second one. The Nets got the rebound and were able to hold onto the lead.

Step-Up Mav of the Night:

Vince Carter, playing with a little extra motivation, led all the Mavs in scoring with 19 points. Carter and Kidd were teammates for the Nets and Vince seemed motivated playing against his former team.

Quotes:

“We didn’t get the job done. But the great thing about it is we can bounce back and take care of business at home and get a little home cooking,” – Vince Carter

 

“We were just poor defensively as a team. [Teletovic] hit his first couple of shots and we just let him keep going. You just can’t do that with professional shooters. He had a great night, but we contributed to it. He took advantage of it, but the second quarter was our downfall.” – Rick Carlisle

On Deck: Dallas will return home on Sunday to face the Detroit Pistons at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game can be seen on FSSW locally.

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