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Mavs Fanatic Six Pack: Tyson Back In Big D: Good Move?

by MavsFanatic on June 26, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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A rumor that started a little over a month ago turned into a reality much faster than any Mavs Fanatic could have imagined. Tyson Chandler is back in Dallas, and we can only hope that he can fill the void many believed was missing following the historic 2011 championship run.

We gathered all of the Mavs Fanatic contributors to get their thoughts on this move. Here is what they had to say:

Ryan Wilson 

Good opening move by Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson, but there must be more to follow in order to make a true impact. The Mavericks did give up one of the top three point specialists in the NBA in Jose Calderon, and both of their draft picks, along with a few other players. However, they are filling two huge needs before Free Agency even begins: A defensive presence in the paint, and attitude. Tyson Chandler provides both, and the Mavericks didn’t even have to give up Brandan Wright in the process.

Sure, they gave up both of their draft picks, but the Mavericks have never really prided themselves on the NBA Draft anyways. It’s also important to note that the Mavericks could still find a way to get back into the 1st Round of this deep draft class.

If the Mavericks are able to land Carmelo Anthony, because of his respect for Tyson Chandler in New York, great! If not, the Mavericks need to add two solid players to go along with Nowitzki, Chandler, and Ellis.

The addition of Felton is questionable at best. Losing Calderon leaves no point guard on the roster at the moment, because Devin Harris is a free agent at the moment. Even if the Mavericks re-sign Harris, as expected, I’m still not sure he is a starting point guard in this league.

It’s too early to tell. One thing is for sure, the Mavericks came out guns blazin’ and have gotten this “arms race” started far earlier than expected.

Damian Jackson 


The trade works for me, easily.

TysonIf anything really stung it was the short-term idea of losing our starting point guard Jose Calderon and the 34th pick in the draft.

Dallas is in win-now mode and this trade exemplifies such. We landed the best player in the deal.

The most iffy part about the whole trade was taking back Raymond Felton, but financially made out well by shedding Calderon’s contract which runs through 2017.

Parting with Shane Larkin, a waste of a draft pick,  and Wayne Ellington was not and shouldn’t be tough. Neither guy was making an impact on this team going forward.

Sam Dalembert had a roller coaster season and did well in stretches. DeJuan Blair was the Mavericks best center in the playoffs against the Spurs, a series in which Dallas struggled to defend the interior.That problem was addressed with Chandler. Chandler also poses a possibly important figure in the Mavericks pitch to Carmelo Anthony whom he was locker pals and most respected Knicks teammate.

Oh, and Dirk’s happy about this trade, so I’m happy that Dirk is thrilled.

Greg Higgins 

Any time I hear the name Tyson Chandler in association with the Dallas Mavericks, I get excited. I mean, let’s face it, he’s one of the main reasons the Mavericks made it to the Finals in 2011. Most Mavericks’ fans don’t understand the legistics as to why Mark Cuban let him go after the championship and they will always ask the question, “What might have been?”

Unfortunately that’s a question that will never be answered. We do, however, have another saga to discuss. Tyson Chandler 2.0 will be in effect this next season. Chandler was traded to the Mavs along with Raymond Felton for Samuel Dalembert, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin. The Knicks also get two second round picks (34 and 51 overall).

At first I didn’t know how I felt about this trade. I’m a huge Chandler fan and I love the fact that he will be back in a Mavs uniform this next year. However, I was a little worried that the deal involved two point guards in Larkin and Calderon. With Devin Harris not guaranteed back next season, I was a little baffled by getting rid of those players in this deal.

Then I was reminded of something by another MavsFanatic.com writer. I was reminded to trust in Cuban. Sometimes we don’t understand every move but there’s usually always a means to an end. There have been times I didn’t agree with his moves and there have been times my reasoning was proven right. However, more times than not, I’m proven wrong in my reasonings.

I know there’s a long way to go with free agency and we’ve only just begun to see the moves that will be made. I know the Mavs have an idea of where they want to go with this so I’m going to trust them. Because I’ve decided to do this, the Chandler deal makes me extremely happy.

Michael Lark 

I love the deal. The Mavs get back the player that was the defensive anchor to the only championship this franchise has ever known and a fan favorite that brings a number of intangibles to the table, including leadership and energy that the Mavs have been severely lacking since he left.  Sure, it sucks to lose Calderon, who finished 5th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage (44.9%) but most importantly I think it’s a great trade because as free agency kicks off in a matter of days, the Mavs are armed with a core of Monta, Dirk and now Chandler that they can bring to the discussion table as they attempt to lure the “big fish.”

Dwight-Howard-Deron-Williams-Future-MavericksClearly, Mark Cuban and the Mavs front office have learned from their unsuccessful attempts to sign Deron Williams and Dwight Howard the past couple of off-seasons. Williams was quoted as saying the Brooklyn Nets trade for Joe Johnson just hours before he re-signed, significantly influenced his decision to re-up with the Nets.

This time around the Mavs are ahead of the curve, having decided to not rely solely on cap space to lure free agents, but to upgrade their roster via trade in the process. Worried about those draft picks? Quick, name me a 2nd round prospect you believe can immediately and significantly help this team become a top 5 contender? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

This team is and will always be in win now mode as long as Dirk Nowitzki is in a Mavs uniform so, you can forget about getting younger and developing players for now.  Let’s retool and get another championship with Dirk.  Who knows? Maybe the Kings will buyout the last year of Jason Terry’s contract and we’ll resign him for the minimum and defend that 2011 title, three years later.  The possibilities are endless. It’s a win for the Mavs.

Terence Huie


I might be the only MFFL who doesn’t agree with this trade. For the most part, I feel that the Knicks-Mavs trade could have been negotiated better so that Cuban would not lose all the assets.

Losing Jose Calderon puts the team at a huge disadvantage right now. The team loses a guy who is in the top 10 category for three-point percentage. After dropping Darren Collison and picking up Calderon last summer, the Mavs jumped from 12th to 4th in team offensive efficiency. Not to mention, the backup guard Devin Harris is currently a free agent. Right now, Raymond Felton is the only point guard on the team now. This isn’t a good feeling considering Felton coming off a struggling year.

It’s good that Tyson Chandler is back in a Mavericks jersey. BUT, Chandler is 31 years old with injuries that are affecting his play on the court. Chandler only played 55 games last year, compared to Dalembert who played 80 games. If the Mavs want to content for a title, Chandler has to stay healthy. Point blank, period.

Marc Cashion 


The biggest complaint that I have seen over this giant Tyson Chandler trade has been the loss of Jose Calderon.  The best way to look at the results of this trade is to look at the depth of each position.  According to ESPN’s Real plus or minus stats the 25th best point guard is Jrue Holiday, who actually is a really good point guard in the NBA. The 25th best center is Pero Antic, who I honestly have absolutely zero knowledge of.  The point being point guards are replaceable, Damian in his top 10 PG free agent article has Isaiah Thomas as his 7th best point guard.  While my top 10 Center article, that will be out Friday, has (SPOILER ALERT) Jermaine O’Neal.  Thomas is a starter in this league while Jermaine O’Neal is not.  Point being, a good solid Center is much more difficult to come by than a point guard.

After those that are angry about losing a good point guard have died down, you have to look at the big picture.  We now have a great core of players that are just begging for a superstar to catapult us to a championship caliber team.  The addition of Melo, for example, would give us Monta Ellis, a rim protecting center in Chandler, and one of the greatest power forwards of all time Dirk Nowitzki.  Breaking down the trade piece by piece looking at last year’s results: Wayne Ellington was a no factor, Shane Larkin was a no factor, Samuel Dalembert sometimes didn’t even want to play, and Jose Calderon was great on offense but had no defense.  This team will never have an issue scoring so adding a high caliber defensive center is a dream scenario.

The main thing to realize is this front office is not even close to through, Mavs fan’s need to hang tight and be excited about this teams future.

 

Photo Credits: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

 

 

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Dallas’ Role in the Carmelo Drama

by Michael Lark on May 22, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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Madison Square Garden – it’s February 24, 2014 and the Dallas Mavericks are tied at 108 with the New York Knicks, with only 10.6 seconds left in the game. Vince Carter inbounds the ball from the left sideline to Jose Calderon, who quickly feeds the ball to Dirk Nowizki at the top of the key. Only seconds left, Dirk awkwardly makes his move (in only a way that only Dirk can), and just before the buzzer sounds he heaves a shot at the rim.

The Mavs win.

Carmelo Anthony’s face following that memorable shot says it all. He had one of the best offensive performances of his career, finishing the game with 44 points. But the end of the night, it was his lackluster defense that told the story.

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Now, I’ve never claimed to be any sort of expert when it comes to telling people how to play defense, but I’ll have to bet that putting your hands behind your back as the 10th ranked scorer in NBA history goes up for the game-winning shot is probably not the way to play defense.

Clearly, the Knicks superstar forward still has some room for improvement.

This summer “Melo” will arguably be the biggest name in free agency (Hint: Lebron James is not opting out). The 11-year veteran is known around the league as an offensive juggernaut who essentially considers defense optional.

Anthony is a 7-time NBA All-Star, 2-time All-NBA second team and 4-time All-NBA third team player. He’s the 2013 NBA scoring champion.

Nevertheless, it’s reasons like Carmelo’s lackluster performance in the final 10.6 seconds on February 24 that have many fans questioning the idea of adding him to the Mavs roster this summer.

I’m here to give you a big wakeup call.

Whether you like it or not, the Mavs will be going after Mr. Anthony when free agency commences July 1. Here’s one thing you should know about the NBA, when talent is available, teams will go after it – and there’s no question the Syracuse product is one of most talented players in the league.

But, is the feeling mutual?

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports the Mavs are quietly optimistic they will be on the short list of teams that will be granted a face-to-face visit with the Knicks’ small forward. While the Mavs only have about $27 million locked up in guaranteed money next season, they also have a ton of holes to fill.

Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports the Mavs will only be interested in adding Carmelo if they are able to sign him at a deal that pays him less than the $22 million annually he’s able to get on the open market.

Convincing a superstar athlete in his prime to leave millions of dollars on the table sounds difficult enough, so let’s take a look at what the Mavs can arm themselves with in their potential face-to-face meeting.

The Monta Ellis Case Study

 

Monta Ellis was a disgruntled Milwaukee Bucks employee in the prime of his career. According to Steve von Horn of SB Nation, Ellis was free to sign anywhere he wanted or accept a three-year contract extension worth $36 million. Ellis left money on the table and chose to sign with the Dallas Mavericks.

Why?

“For me it was more important to be in an environment of winning, and to be on a team with a great group of guys,” Ellis said.

Speaking of winning, that also might entice the 29-year-old Anthony to come to Dallas. After all, he’s playing with a New York Knicks franchise that has 10 losing seasons since 1999 which just happens to be the last time the Mavs actually had a losing season of their own – and they’ve had nothing but a winning culture since.

Let’s also not forget the Larry O’Brien Trophy lassoed in 2011 by having the best owner in sports and one of the smartest front offices in the NBA.

In his 11 NBA seasons, Carmelo has never played with a star anywhere close to Nowitzki’s caliber. Melo is often criticized publicly for being an inefficient, volume shooter.

Sound familiar? That’s because the same label that was given to Monta Ellis before he came to Dallas. That’s now a long forgotten characteristic for Ellis.

So what changed? Two words – Dirk Nowitzki.

For the first time in his career, Monta had the opportunity to play with a respected NBA All-Star and future Hall of Famer who opened up opportunities for him. In a March 2014 article, Grantland detailed the evolution of Monta Ellis’ shooting production with and without Nowitzki. [Also see 'The Evolution of Monta Ellis' by Howard Beck]

The graphic above provides an incredible representation of Ellis’ improved efficiency just by playing alongside the “Tall Baller from the G.” That’s a lot of red and orange! Simply put, the “Dirk effect” allowed Ellis to get open opportunities, which improved his efficiency because defenses were paying so much attention to Dirk.

Imagine how this scenario could work with Carmelo in the fold. Teams around the league would be scrambling to defend the new “Big 3 in Big D” of Carmelo, Dirk and Monta.

The Melo Concerns

 

The Melo to Dallas scenario, however, doesn’t come without major concerns.

While convincing him to take less money is an already particularly difficult proposition in itself, there will be several other viable teams including the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers that will be providing plenty of tough competition for his services.

Secondly, on the defensive end for the Mavericks, Nowitzki and Anthony would be a nightmare for head coach Rick Carlisle. Neither player is particularly known for their defensive prowess and there’s definitely a good reason for it.

While this may be an immediate red flag for the Mavs, it’s also important to note that the probability remains high that there will be several defensive centers that will be available this summer, including Larry Sanders, Anderson Varejao, Tyson Chandler and Marcin Gortat that could help.

NOTE: Shawn Marion, the Mavs best defensive player and starting small forward, is a free agent.

Then, there’s Carmelo Anthony’s wife, Alani Vasquez Anthony or simply “La La” as she more commonly known in Hollywood circles. La La and Dallas Mavericks fans have a history of bad blood dating back to Anthony’s days with the Denver Nuggets.

In May 2009, during the Western Conference Semifinals, while attending a game in Dallas, La La was alledgedly the subject of racial slurs and threats by a couple of Mavs fans sitting behind her in the stands that evening, according to her issued statement.  

It is unclear how she feels about Mavericks fans today and whether or not this 2009 incident could sway Carmelo away from Dallas. Either way, I say it’s time to put that situation behind us and move on. Rumors say the “reality TV star” (if there’s such a thing) has a desire to stay in New York to pursue her career in…whatever it is she does.

Despite several contending issues, the fact remains the Mavericks should have a legitimate shot at landing Anthony this summer. In 2011, it was reported that Mavs attempted to trade for Carmelo Anthony’s services before he was ultimately traded to the Knicks because of the Mavericks refusal to include the “untouchable,” (gasp) Roddy Beaubois in a trade.

Unlike the mess that was Dwight Howard last summer, this time around, the Mavs will be dealing with a mature, NBA veteran who is hopefully focused on winning titles and not watching cartoons. So if the Mavs are able to put the pieces together to swing a signing of Anthony, you can bet I’ll be first in line to say, “Get the parade route ready!”

On second thought, never mind, we’ll just use the same parade route we used in 2011.

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Mandatory photo credit to Colorado Sports Desk; Yahoo! Sports/Screencap via @Jose3030

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Tyson Chandler: Maverick Return, Yay or Nay?

by MavsFanatic on May 6, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks’ offseason began the moment the buzzer sounded on their lopsided 119-96 loss in Game 7 to the San Antonio Spurs.

It’s well known by now that the Mavericks do have plenty of flexibility this summer to improve the roster whether it be in free agency or the trade market. Mavs Fanatic partners discuss the topic of Tyson Chandler and a possible return to Mavs blue.

Ryan Wilson:


If the Knicks miss out on Carmelo Anthony, there is a good chance they make Chandler available in trade discussions. While the discussion about whether or not the Mavericks should have let Chandler go following their championship season remains a mystery, this time around should leave the Mavericks with one simple answer – No!

Yes, Chandler is only 31 years old, but on those knees and that historically ailing back, the Mavericks need to start looking younger. Chandler could provide them with a very athletic and versatile defender in the paint, which is something they sorely lacked, but he only played 52 games this season. While the Mavericks medical staff seemed to have all the answers in Chandler’s first go around, this isn’t the time to be taking chances.

The Mavericks scored on a huge signing of a still young star like Monta Ellis, so why not look to go younger here as well. Greg Monroe could be that option. He is only 23 years old, and with Rick Carlisle’s ability to develop young talent, he could turn into a viable option long term, whereas Chandler will only provide the short term outlook.

Monroe played all 82 games this past season and averaged 15.2 pts and 9.3 rebs. He could use some improvement in his blocking ability, but he provides Dallas with a big man who can rebound the ball, provide some offense, and play defense.

While the Mavericks are looking to give Nowitzki the best shot at winning, they still have to be smart when it comes to finding the right pieces for the future. I believe that Chandler will only solve the issue IF and only IF he stays healthy.

Even then, it will only be for the next few years, and the Mavericks will be left with no Nowitzki and no big man. The Mavericks must find a younger better option at this point, and I’m not sure Chandler is that option, healthy or not.

Damian Jackson:


The Mavericks will have many options to improve its roster over the course of the offseason. Several different ideas are surfacing already about what needs to happen for this team. One of those premature ideas originated from ESPN that offered the idea of Dallas re-acquiring center Tyson Chandler along with defensive wing Iman Shumpert.

Why would Dallas be interested in bringing back their championship center after his three seasons with the New York Knicks? Defense and more defense. Dallas will keep an eye on the Knicks outlook and whether they make the center with one year left on his contract available in trade.

Dallas’ intent this summer will need to be on overall defensive improvement while also getting younger top to bottom. The potential free agent class is rather attractive, but cross names like LeBron James off the wish list – it’s just not going to happen.

Chris Bosh may be an option, but do you really want to spend $20 million on the now 31-year-old forward/center who has clearly stated he had no interest in playing for the Mavericks back in 2010? My opinion is that Dallas would be better off paying other center options in free agency such as Spencer Hawes or Detroit Pistons’ restricted free agent Greg Monroe.

Now Dallas will also need to look into younger defensive two-way players on the wing to replace older guys like Shawn Marion and Vince Carter.

This brings us to Tyson Chandler and how he could end up back with Dallas and why it’d be a positive reunion. We’re not here to argue whether the decision to let him walk in 2011 was the right or wrong choice, everyone holds his own view on the issue.

Chandler would be 32 when next season gets underway, the same age as Mavs current starting center Samuel Dalembert. That said Chandler’s intensity and intangibles are not matched by man y in the NBA at his position, only guy I say is better in that area would be Joakim Noah.

While I share the notion that it’s best to go younger and with a less injury-prone player, I believe Dallas could do much worse than Chandler back in Mavs #6.

What do you think, Tyson would be a good addition or better to look elsewhere?

 

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Wrap Up: Dirk Delivers in the Clutch at MSG

by Terence Huie on February 24, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks (35-23) walk out of the historic Madison Square Garden in a 110-108 victory versus the New York Knicks (12-19). Dirk Nowitzki delivers in the closing seconds, hitting a midrange contested jumper at free throw line sealing the game. The Mavs finish their 3-game road trip with a 3-0 record.

How it went down:

It was a sloppy game from the beginning of tipoff, as both teams recorded a combined 20 turnovers in the first half. Dallas, gaining capitalizing off turnovers, jumped out to a 31-21 lead in the first quarter. But from then on, the Knicks started to gain ground, led by Carmelo Anthony’s 17 points in second quarter alone. The Mavs would somehow hold a 60-59 lead at halftime after a clutch three-pointer from Monta Ellis at the buzzer.

The Knicks fought hard resist Dallas from pulling away in the 2nd half. Monta Ellis redeems his 33% scoring first half, scoring back-to-back baskets to give the Mavs a 6-point lead late in the final quarter. Carmelo Anthony would answer back with crucial three-pointer, tying the game 108-108.

The Mavs played their best defense the entire game forcing a shot violation turnover. With 10 seconds left, tightly guarded by Carmelo Anthony, Dirk sinks the game-winning shot thanks to a lucky bounce on rim.

Inside the Numbers:

The Mavs shot 41% from behind the arc tonight (15 of 36 from the three-point line). Jose Calderon and Vince Carter made their presence felt tonight, combining for 12 made shots from deep.

Impact Play of the Game:

Let’s just allow the video to do the talking…

Step-Up Mav of the Night: Monta Ellis

You look at the box score and think, “This was not one of Monta Ellis’ best games”. But he made a major impact in the Mavs’ win tonight. Ellis finished with 9 points off 3 of 9 in field goals in the first half. He would bounce back, penetrating to the basket more instead of settling for jumpshots in the second half. Monta Ellis finished the game with 22 points and 6 assists.

Vince Carter and his 23 points need mention here as well. He made seven 3-point baskets and all played out huge in this one.

Quotes:

“I love this building. Unfortunately I couldn’t play a little better than I usually do.”

– Dirk Nowitzki on The Garden

 

“It’s the great Nowitzki, man. He’s done it so many times. What an incredible shot.”

- Rick Carlisle on Dirk’s winner

 

“But he’s done. He can’t play anymore”

– Mark Cuban makes light of media’s opinion Dirk had reach Father Time.

 

On Deck:

The Mavs finish their 3-game road trip and return home to face the Pelicans on Wednesday night, followed by another home game Friday night against the Bulls.

GO MAVS!

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Quotes courtesy of Dwain Price, Bryan Gutierrez and Ed Sefko

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Mavs Game Night: Mavs Head To Garden To Take On Melo & Co.

by Kaomi Machelle' on February 24, 2014 in Mavs 09 comments

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The Dallas Mavericks ( 34-23 ) come into tonight’s game with a win under their belt, defeating the Detroit Pistons on the road 113-102.

The Game at Hand:

Tonight the Mavericks travel to New York to take on the Knicks (21-35). The last time these two squared off, the Mavs fell short at home 92-80. This is the third and final game of their recent road trip, and are looking to go undefeated in the process.

Keys to the game

1. Force the ball out of Carmelo Anthony ‘s hands.

It’s no secret that Carmelo Anthony is the New York Knicks best player and more importantly, always has the green light in terms of shooting. In his last game against Dallas, he scored 15 of his total 19 points in the 1st quarter alone. Eliminating him from the game early will allow the Mavericks to force someone else from the Knicks roster to step up, which is something they have lacked all season.

2. Rebounding.

The Mavericks have done a much better job of cleaning up the glass over the last few games, and tonight will have to be no different. Both teams are near the bottom of the pack when it comes to the boards, but it’s crucial that the Mavericks don’t give New York, and most importantly Carmelo Anthony second chances at scoring.

DirkMeloMatchup of the Night: 

Dirk Nowitzki vs. Carmelo Anthony

For obvious reasons, two of the leagues better shooters on two teams that rely on the them night in and night out. Dirk is averaging 21.8 ppg, while Carmelo averages is 27.9 ppg. They are both incredibly competitive, and are looking at keeping their teams relevant, while leading them to playoff contention.

Quotes:

“This road trip is very important to us, and I think we got the hard part out of the way. We won the first one, and I think that gave us confidence. … We’re on a two-game win streak on this trip, so why not close it out?” - Vince Carter

 

“It will be great. You know, [the Knicks] beat us at home when they came through the Texas Triangle. They had a stretch where they played really well. They beat San Antonio, and I watched that game. And then they should have beat Houston the next night. And then they ran through us, and it wasn’t really ever that close. Even though we were kind of there, I didn’t really think we had a chance. I thought they were the better team all night. For some reason they play well against us, so we’ve got to be ready.” - Dirk Nowitzki

 

When and Where:

The game will tip off at 6:30 CST and will air on Fox Sports Southwest

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Wrap Up: Knicks Outplay Mavs Start to Finish

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

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The Dallas Mavericks (19-15) have to be wondering what is going on as they dropped another game to an opponent they should beat. This time the New York Knicks (11-22) came into the AAC and defeated Dallas 92-80. It’s the fourth consecutive home loss for a team that was nearly unbeatable at home just a few weeks ago.

How it went down: Carmelo Anthony dominated the first quarter, Kenyon Martin took care of the third and Tim Hardaway Jr. locked down the fourth for the visiting Knicks. Carmelo had 15 of his 19 points in the first 12 minutes of the game as the Knicks took a 29-17 lead after one. Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire each had seven points in the second quarter to lead New York while Dallas had one player reach five in the frame as they would trail by 17 at the break.

Dallas only scored 35 points in the half after putting up 39 in the first quarter against the LA Clippers on Friday. Their shooting was horrendous, too. Dallas shot 36.1% from the field in the half, including 0-8 from three-point range. Dallas also shot 17 free throws and only made nine of them, including four misses from Dirk Nowitzki.

Dallas made a run at the Knicks in the third quarter, though. Dallas, after trailing by 19 points cut the lead down to eight in the quarter. Martin, though, made sure the Knicks maintained a double-digit lead after the period was over, though. Martin scored 10 points in the frame. The rest of the team combined for five points in the quarter. DeJuan Blair did his best to match Martin, though, as the Mavs’ Center put in eight points during the frame.

The fourth quarter once again belonged to the Knicks as they shot 52.9% during the period. Hardaway Jr. came off the bench and only played 6:11 during the quarter but led the team with eight points. The Mavs couldn’t match the intensity of the Knicks as they played sluggish.

What has to be more disappointing for Dallas is the fact that Knicks’ big man Tyson Chandler left the game early in the first quarter with an upper respiratory infection and didn’t return. The Mavs allowed an undermanned team to walk all over them in their home building in front of the home crowd. That’s the most disappointing part of the game.

Inside the Numbers: Dallas was outrebounded by New York 47-34. For the game, Dallas shot 41.0% from the field (32-78) and only 23.1% from beyond the arc (6-26). Dallas finished 10-18 from the free throw line as well (55.6%)

Impact Moment of the Game:

With 5:51 left in the first quarter, Dallas had a 13-12 lead. The Knicks went on a 17-4 run to end the quarter and never looked back.

Step-Up Mav of the Night: DeJuan Blair

Rick Carlisle kept Samuel Dalembert out of the lineup because he was late to a team practice on Saturday. In his absence Blair stepped in and played well for the Mavs. Finishing with 11 points, he also grabbed five rebounds and had one steal.

Quotes:

“I marvel at the job [Woodson] is doing with this team right now, given the circumstances, given all of the ridiculous rumors about his job security and all of the nonsense being stirred up in New York City. This is a man who is one of the top coaches in the league and a man of great integrity and substance. He proved that tonight. They easily could have swept this road trip and this is supposedly a team that is dysfunctional.” – Rick Carlisle

 

“We weren’t very good tonight. I mean, you can blame everybody all the way around. We weren’t very good,”

– Dirk Nowitzki

On Deck: The Mavs will conclude the home stand as they play the host to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at 7:30 Central. The game will be shown locally on FSSW.

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Mavs Pre-Season 2 Days Away – A Look Back at Jason Kidd

by Damian Jackson on October 5, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Two days until Mavericks preseason basketball. Two also the number of retired Mavs jerseys in the American Airlines Center rafters. Two NBA Finals appearances in the last eight seasons.

We’re on the home stretch of our countdown and brings us to future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd.

Most fans know Kidd spent two stints of his career with Dallas. He was drafted second overall by the Mavericks in 1994 and went on to win Co-Rookie of the Year with Grant Hill.

Traded to Phoenix Suns in 1996 and then to the New Jersey Nets in 2001, it wouldn’t be until 2008 that Kidd would make his second tour of duty in the Metroplex. Dallas would send young, water-bug point guard Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Trenton Hassell, Mo Ager, Keith Van Horn, $3 million cash and first round picks in 2008 and 2010 in exchange for Kidd, Malik Allen and Antoine Wright.

The trade divided the Mavericks fan base. While there were those who thought adding the veteran point was the right move to appease a star in Dirk Nowitzki, others believed that Dallas gave away too much in the deal and traded away their point guard of the future.

It took 3 1/2 seasons for the debate to be settled once Kidd and the 2010-2011 Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat to win the franchise’s first ever NBA championship.

Kidd was never the nightly triple double monster in Dallas that he was in the prime of his career with the Suns and Nets, but it was the small things that made the greatest impact. Kidd’s extensively high basketball IQ was a weapon itself for the Mavs in all situations throughout a game.

Defensively Kidd was an animal for his age. His ability to cover shooting guards and even some small forwards provided Mavs teams with versatility on that end of the floor. This bode well for Dallas’ implemented three-guard lineup that most prominently included Kidd, Jason Terry and J.J. Barea.

It’s still shocking to realize the player once named “Ason Kidd” due to his lack of a “Jumpshot”, now ranks third in 3-point field goals made in NBA history only trailing Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. Kidd’s dead eye shooting became a major part of his impact on the offensive end. No longer could Kidd blow by defenders and create for himself or his teammates by penetrating the lane. He worked on his shot diligently and it more than paid off.

Kidd chose to leave Dallas in the summer of 2012 and play for the New York Knicks in a move his thought more beneficial for his playing career. It would be his last season in the league and he now is the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.

The list of accolades for this man is lengthy, but here are the highlights:

  • He’s a 10-time All-Star and 5-time All-NBA First Team member.
  • Champion with the Mavs in 2011 after two failed trips with the Nets in 2002 & 2003.
  • 2nd All-Time in both assists and steals (John Stockton in both).
  • 3rd All-Time with 107 career triple doubles (Oscar Roberson & Magic Johnson).
  • 2 Gold Medals in the Olympics 2004 & 2008

 

Kidd will go down as one of the association’s greatest players ever and certainly one of the greatest Dallas Mavericks. Mark Cuban wasn’t happy with the way Kidd left Dallas in 2012 and initially said there is no way his jersey will be in the rafters. However, they’ve mended those wounds and it wouldn’t surprise us one bit if one day Kidd hangs in those AAC skies.

 

 

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Mavs Pre-Season 6 Days Away – A Look Back At Tyson Chandler

by Ryan Wilson on October 1, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Your Dallas Mavericks are now only 6 days away until the start of the pre-season. Today marks the opening day of training camp. To continue along with our pre-season countdown, who else can you really place at #6, other than the man who made a lasting impression on the Mavericks franchise in only one season. Yes, we are talking about the man in the middle for your 2011 NBA Champions, Tyson Chandler.

ChandlerThe Mavericks’ history at the Center position has never really been a strong point, or anything to be that proud of. On July 13, 2010, that would all change. The Charlotte Bobcats and the Dallas Mavericks organized a trade that would send Alex Ajinca and Chandler to the Mavericks, and Eduardo Najera, Erick Dampier, and Matt Carrol to the Bobcats.

This was a move that expected great reward, IF and only IF he could find a way to remain healthy. This would be Chandler’s 10th season in the NBA, and in three of those seasons, he failed to play at least 52 games. In the two years prior to his arrival in Dallas, he had missed 68 games due to back issues and a stress fracture in his foot. It was a small risk by the Mavericks that would pay huge dividends.

Chandler would quickly show just how big those dividends were. His hustle on both ends of the floor, and his presence in the paint would provide Dallas the kind of “edge” that analysts said had been missing for quite some time. He fit in perfectly with Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, and finally gave the Mavericks a guy who could finish at the rim. He averaged nearly a double double that season(10.1 pts, 9.4 rebs) to go along with 65% from the field.

Chandler 1The Mavericks finished that season with 57 wins and headed into the playoffs as the #3 seed in the Western Conference. They would go on to take down Portland, the L.A. Lakers, Oklahoma City, and Miami Heat en route to their first ever NBA Championship.

The Mavericks then had the unfortunate task of dealing with the new Collective Bargaining Act, which lead to multiple players from that championship roster going to different teams. Chandler would head to Madison Square Garden and play for the New York Knicks. He has thrived in New York, and even won the Defensive Player of the Year Award in his first year. However, despite his success in New York, he has always believed that the Mavericks could have had even more success had they kept a few of the players from that team.

“I’m very happy with this situation, but to speak past tense I definitely think that we had an opportunity to go back-to-back and unfortunately things were blown up”

Through it all, it must be said that no player in Mavericks history has ever made such an impact on a team in only one season. Tyson Chandler did it with hustle, energy, and an overall will to win. That is exactly how he went out as a Maverick, a winner.

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Mavs Pre-Season 12 Days Away – A Look Back At Derek Harper

by Kaomi Machelle' on September 25, 2013 in Mavs 09 comments

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Continuing the countdown to the tip-off of the 2013-2014 Mavs pre-season, today makes just 12 days left until the first pre-season game. What better way to honor the number 12 with no other than Mr. Derek Harper.

DerekHarper1Derek Harper was drafted by the Dallas Mavericks as the 11th overall pick in the 1983 NBA draft. Becoming just one of six rookies of the 83-84 season to play in all 82 games, Harper went on to average 5.7 ppg. Spending his first 10 seasons as an NBA point guard playing for the Mavs, he averaged just over 15 points and 6 assists per game.

With the Dallas Mavericks being a young franchise, only 3 years old prior to drafting Harper, they were out to prove they belonged in the NBA. Within the same season of drafting Harper, the Mavericks went on to have a winning record and earned their first playoff birth. That was only the beginning of the impact Derek Harper would have for the Dallas Mavericks.

Within the first eight seasons, Harper’s scoring average improved every season. He was voted to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in the 1986-1987 season and again 1989-1990. Harper became known for this strong defense and led all Mavs in ever season from 1987 – 1993.

As everyone knows, all good things come to an end. In wake of a season that was going Derek Harper 2down hill, the Dallas Mavericks decided to trade Derek Harper  to the New York Knicks in exchange for Tony Campbell and a 1st round pick. While the Mavericks season ended in disappointing fashion, the Knicks would be a team that eventually went all the way to the NBA Finals.

Just two years later, Harper rejoined the Mavericks franchise to only be traded away once again to the Orlando Magic. He then would have a stint with the L.A. Lakers, and eventually would retire soon after.

There is no doubt that Derek Harper is one of the greatest Dallas Mavericks of all-time. Scoring 12,597 points, setting multiple Mavericks franchise records, and was an integral part in sparking the new Dallas Mavericks franchise. He would lead them to six playoff berths, and a trip to the Western Conference

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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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