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2011 NBA Offseason: Dallas Mavericks

Draft Grades, Offseason Needs, Free Agents

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Dallas Mavericks (Last Year: 57-25)

2011 NBA Draft Team Grade:

Turning the 26th and 57th picks in a weak draft into a proven player who can contribute off the bench only adds to a championship core. I would make this deal 100 out of 100 times. (Team Grade: LOVE IT!)

Live 2011 NBA Draft Grades:

26. Jordan Hamilton, F, Texas (TRADED TO PORTLAND AND THEN DENVER)
I have no idea how he fell this low and this is a HUGE steal for Mark Cuban who then turned around and dealt Hamilton to Portland for Rudy Fernandez. With Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, and Peja Stojakovic all free agents, Fernandez provides an experienced wing player and all it cost was the 26th pick? Great deal. (Pick Grade: LOVE IT!)

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Dhienazho 01-03-2014 04:01 am (total posts: 1)
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Colin, Afraid to say that there was no influence from S.O.A.P. on my novel (though I have suqeubesntly seen the movie). I do, though, much enjoy writing scenes that involve aircraft, as I spent 6 years in the Air Force, many years doing volunteer work with a group called The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) restoring a WW2 B-17 bomber, and have been around aircraft, in one capacity or another, for pretty much all my adult life. This likely shows in the writing where aircraft are involved in some way.233d
Frank Sieling 04-19-2013 03:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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Jared Cunningham, the jury is still out on him because Rick Carlisle does not like to play rookies that much. Next will be a better indication of him as to whether he can play or not. The Mavericks needs some defensive toughness inside such as the center from Louisville.
Chris Garza 07-19-2012 04:33 pm (total posts: 3)
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Well it sure looked the sky was falling when Deron Williams, Steve Nash and even Jason Kidd bailed on us but I feel very optimistic in the signing of Oj Mayo, and Darron Collison to go with Kaman and Brand! If you simply look at the west its pretty obvious that after OKC, LA, Sa and Memphis the 5-16 slot in the West is weak and up for grabs! I think the Mavs can challenge for the 5th playoff spot which would set up a nice 4-5 1st round playoff matchup.
Chris Garza 06-16-2012 04:43 pm (total posts: 3)
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I am really worried about not signing Deron Williams! If the Mavs are able to sign him I think having him and Dirk will make other veteran free agents enticed to come to Dallas whether it's Cj Miles, Ray Allen etc. I think Dallas 1st move should be getting Kenyon Marshall from UNC in the draft, or if he is available get Perry Jones III from Baylor!
Wheres my comment 06-13-2012 08:03 am (total posts: 1)
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chris garza 07-08-2011 10:49 am (total posts: 3)
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peja got his ring so he can ride off into the sun. stevenson despite his toughness will not be resigned bcuz of the embarressment he cost the team after his arrest. butler to me is resignable if he choose to take less say 3 yrs 15 mill.
mprofetta 06-24-2011 05:14 pm (total posts: 2)
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prediction: Grant Hill will be a Mav in 2012.
mprofetta 06-24-2011 11:25 am (total posts: 2)
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I hate to pile on, but tp and Vince are dead right. Stevenson has carved out a role as a starting SG in the NBA BECAUSE OF his defensive ability.
lopnk 06-24-2011 10:18 am (total posts: 1)
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Have fun watching Rudy CLANK all his wide open 3s off the rim. I'm not sure who reviewed this. But Rudy is not a proven vet. He was a one year wonder choke artist. Good riddance!!!
tp 06-23-2011 11:12 pm (total posts: 2)
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we needed youth and got a steal at 26 in hamilton and then traded him for another vet?! dont get the trade but still great value for #26
mavs trade 06-23-2011 10:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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hamilton for rudy fernandez
tp 06-23-2011 02:55 pm (total posts: 2)
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how is stevenson not known for his defensive ability?! I'm english and i know that!
Ned 06-23-2011 02:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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What they need to do is find some chump team to take on Haywoods contract to free up some cap space. Im not expecting much in the draft.

They will either get a Euro guy and stash him, or trade the pick
Vince 06-23-2011 01:31 pm (total posts: 1)
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DeShawn Stevenson actually IS known for his defensive ability. It's his best quality.
Walter 06-23-2011 12:52 am (total posts: 1)
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First comment... we're going to have comment boards like this all over the site soon. We're still working out the kinks, so this is not the finished product.

2010-11 Season Summary:
Vindication! After years of disappointing early exits from the postseason and falling short of the NBA's crown jewel, Mark Cuban's franchise finally brought home the NBA title; and in the process became 99 percent of America's new favorite basketball team since they took down the hated Miami Heat.

The Mavs were not a team of superstars; they were a team. Led by Dirk Nowitzki, who reached greatness with his masterful play in the postseason, Dallas came together as a unit of veterans who each knew exactly what was expected of them even after Caron Butler when down with a season-ending injury.

Jason Kidd was the floor general, orchestrating the offense. Jason Terry was the sharpshooter, while DeShawn Stevenson and Peja Stojakovic chipped in with their ability to knock down threes. Tyson Chandler and Brandon Haywood brought the muscle inside. Shawn Marion was the team's best defender who used his versatility to cause problems for opponents. J.J. Barea provided great energy off the bench.

And through it all, Cuban actually managed to stay somewhat subdued.

2011-12 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Brendan Haywood/Ian Mahinmi

PF: Dirk Nowitzki

SF: Shawn Marion/Corey Brewer

SG: Jason Terry/Rudy Fernandez/Dominique Jones

PG: Jason Kidd/Roddy Beaubois

NBA Free Agents:

C-Tyson Chandler (UFA)

SG-Caron Butler (UFA)

PG-J.J. Barea (UFA)

SG-DeShawn Stevenson (UFA)

SF-Peja Stojakovic (UFA)

PF-Brian Cardinal (UFA)

Offseason Transactions:

Mavs acqruire SG Rudy Fernandez and rights to G Petteri Koponen for 26th and 57th picks

2010-11 Team Salary: Approximately $63.2 million

NBA Offseason Needs:

1. Re-sign Chandler and Barea: Just looking at their stats doesn't do justice for how much of an impact these two players made in the Mavs' run to the title. Tyson Chandler provides a toughness and defensive presence in the middle which perfectly complements Dirk's ability from the perimeter. J.J. Barea is a spark plug off the bench with his aggressive on-the-ball defense and ability to create on offense. Both guys will be due a pretty significant pay day this offseason, but if there is one thing we know about Cuban, he is not afraid to open his wallet and shell out some cash.

2. Wing Help: With Caron Butler, DeShawn "LeBron, How's My Dirk Taste" Stevenson, and Peja Stojakovic all free agents, it leaves the Mavs with a hole on the wing. Since they are over the cap and limited in what they can do in free agency, I would expect Cuban to try and re-sign Butler and Stevenson if the price is right. Still, Dallas should also have its eye on the market to see if they can bring in a veteran to help the Mavs make a run at a repeat.

3. Wing Defender: I am knit picking at this point, but Shawn Marion is the only returning player who is capable of guarding a LeBron James-type player especially since the undersized Jason Terry plays a lot of minutes at the two. Butler and Stevenson are not known for the defensive abilities, so even if they return, Dallas needs to find another player capable of locking down on the opposition's best wing scorer. Corey Brewer could potentially become that player.

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