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Mavs Moneyball 3 hours ago
Division Preview: The Houston Rockets' strange summer heats up rivalry with Dallas

Division Preview: The Houston Rockets' strange summer heats up rivalry with Dallas

After all the exchanges between Cuban and Morey, how do the Rockets actually stack up on the court? Turns out they'll still be a major threat in the West. Oh boy. It's safe to say the Mavericks and the Rockets rivalry has heated up a bit, no? These two teams have always shared some battles on the court in the past but now it's starting to spill over in the front offices. Among the shots fired from Mark Cuban and Daryl Morey, Chandler Parsons free agency and the fact that both teams are expected to battle for home court in the brutal Western Conference, there will be no shortage of...
Mavs Moneyball 6 hours ago
Player Preview: What more can be said about Dirk Nowitzki?

Player Preview: What more can be said about Dirk Nowitzki?

The greatest player to don a Maverick uniform is about to suit up for his 17th year. Our season preview sign up sheet is crowded. With a new season just around the corner, your Mavs Moneyball staff will be putting out amazing content over the next month as we work our way towards the season. The Dirk Nowitzki preview, though, remained open. As of yesterday, no one had signed up to preview the Big German. Why? I imagine it's because after 16 seasons of brilliant basketball, writing about the greatest basketball player to ever put on a Dallas Mavericks uniform is a daunting task. He's been...
Mavs Moneyball 22 hours ago

Rick Carlisle calls Chandler Parsons a little out of shape

When Parsons was playing exhibition games with Team USA this summer, several members on our staff -- myself included -- noticed that he seemed a little heavier than he did last year. At media day, Parsons talked about how he's added some pounds so he can play power forward when Dirk subs out. From a Carlisle comment in practice, maybe not all those pounds were lean muscle. Rick Carlisle not-so-subtly prods Chandler Parsons: "One man’s bulking up is another man’s not quite in shape yet." — Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) September 30, 2014 Just so we're clear, though, this doesn't...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 30, 2014
What they said: Carlisle, Dirk, Chandler and Parsons at media day

What they said: Carlisle, Dirk, Chandler and Parsons at media day

Breaking the quotes into the categories you care about. Media day was yesterday, and the players talked. Here's what they said, organized into several prevalent topics. Jonathan Tjarks and Doyle Rader both helped with transcription, while I set up the post. Parsons: Sup. Tyson Chandler is back Chandler: It feels great to be back. At first it felt a little surreal. Dirk: Looking forward to playing again with him obviously. He's a great defensive player. He erases a lot of my mistakes. He's a great rim protector, he finishes above the rim, he's very athletic and he gets up and down the...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 30, 2014
Can Doron Lamb take Ricky Ledo's spot?

Can Doron Lamb take Ricky Ledo's spot?

Getting drafted into the NBA is the easy part. The real trick is staying in the league. The Mavericks knew Ricky Ledo would be a project - he was ineligible for his only season in college and hadn't played a meaningful game since high school when they selected him with the no. 43 pick. He spent most of his rookie season in the D-League, where he put up decent but unspectacular numbers. In all likelihood, he's still several years away from being able to contribute in the NBA. The problem for him is that patience at this level is not unlimited, even for young guys with potential. If he wants...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 30, 2014
Daryl Morey is wrong about chemistry, analytics and the Mavericks

Daryl Morey is wrong about chemistry, analytics and the Mavericks

Daryl Morey is right when he says the Mavs' roster management has more in common with the Rockets' than Mark Cuban wants to admit, but he's wrong about which team has the brighter future. Mark Cuban talks trash better than any suit in the league. Most of the time it's harmless, though sometimes he crosses the line and on occasion he wades into deeper waters than he can deftly navigate, but when it comes to riling up opponents, Cuban is the Kevin Garnett of NBA owners, and Daryl Morey should probably take a page from another Texas team's playbook and let Cuban be Cuban. But Morey seems...
Hal Brown / Mavs Moneyball Sep 30, 2014

The complete 2014-15 Dallas Mavericks season preview

What happened this offseason, what's happening this season and what will happen in the next few years after that? The offseason, thank god, is basically over. Media day is behind us, so the pre-training camp roster is pretty much set, and preseason games are only 8 days away. We still have about a month to real, honest-to-god NBA basketball, but we're so close. We here at Mavs Moneyball figured, then, that maybe it's about time to do a 2014-2015 season preview in earnest: provide you with a one-stop-shop to all your 2014 offseason and 2015 expectations needs. 2014 Offseason Recap Despite...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 29, 2014

Dallas Mavericks media day and training camp stream

Another offseason has come and gone, and the season officially kicks off (at least in our eyes) with media day on Monday afternoon. Follow here for every must see tweet, image and update. It’s almost time for NBA basketball again and the Dallas Mavericks training camp roster and schedule are now available. RETURNING VETS Dirk Nowitzki: F, 7-0/245, Born 6/19/78, 17th year from Würzburg/Germany What can you say that hasn’t already said about Dirk? Another healthy year will hopefully not see any decline in his play and, with Chandler Parsons, Mark Cuban says the scoring burden should...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 29, 2014
Complete Dallas Mavericks training camp roster breakdown

Complete Dallas Mavericks training camp roster breakdown

After an exciting offseason, the Mavs enter training camp next week with some old faces, some new faces, a notable returning favorite and a few interesting but unlikely dark horses vying for a roster spot. It’s almost time for NBA basketball again and the Dallas Mavericks training camp roster and schedule are now available. RETURNING VETS Dirk Nowitzki: F, 7-0/245, Born 6/19/78, 17th year from Würzburg/Germany What can you say that hasn’t already said about Dirk? Another healthy year will hopefully not see any decline in his play and, with Chandler Parsons, Mark Cuban says the...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 28, 2014
Mavs Moneyball Roundtable: Closing the Book On the Offseason

Mavs Moneyball Roundtable: Closing the Book On the Offseason

With the preseason right around the corner, we finally put an end to the offseason and look forward to the action between now and April. Welcome to a new weekly feature here at Mavs Moneyball, where we put our brains together and talk all things Mavs. Every Sunday, a few of our writers will give their analysis and two cents on a certain theme going on in Dallas. This week's topic is the Mavs' crazy offseason and officially closing the book on one of the more successful summers in franchise history. Craig Berlin, Jamie Plunkett and Hal Brown are our first participants, and a big thanks to...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 27, 2014
Weekend poll: Most likely to steal a roster spot after Mavericks training camp?

Weekend poll: Most likely to steal a roster spot after Mavericks training camp?

The Mavericks head into training camp with a roster of 19. Only 15 will survive. YOU GUYS IT'S ALMOST BASKETBALL YAY. The Mavericks will have their Media Day on Monday, September 29, and their first pre-season game (against the Rockets) on October 7. In the meantime, training camp begins in earnest. The Mavs come into training camp with a full roster of 15, plus four fine folks they've invited to compete for a spot on the roster. There's been a lot of buzz and discussion about some of the names the Mavs have invited to compete with the team this preseason -- and whether it's at all likely...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 26, 2014
Quiz: Name every Maverick to score 10 points per game since 2000

Quiz: Name every Maverick to score 10 points per game since 2000

A Sporcle quiz for your Friday afternoon. Sixty-nine Dallas Mavericks have finished a season scoring at least 10 points per game since the year 2000. Can you name them? I got 68, which is much better than my showing last time. However, you can get all 69. I know you can. I have a few things to say about this quiz, including the person I missed. If you're planning to take it, do that first and then read the rest of this article. SPOILERS BELOW. . . . . . . . . Marquis Daniels. Marquis Daniels prevented me from getting a perfect score in this quiz. Somehow, I got Keith Van Horn and even...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 25, 2014

The Mavs are only 14th in watchability, according to USA Today

But what is "watchability" really? Adi Joseph of USA Today Sports is doing yet another power ranking. (Because that's all any of us can do in the dead space between free agency and training camp, right?) Joseph is about midway through his "NBA Watchability Rankings." Here's what he had to say about why you can't miss the Mavs this season: German engineering: Nowitzki already will go down as one of the most efficient scorers in NBA history, but he spent this offseason tweaking his shot to make it even more difficult to block than a 7-footer with a high release already is. His "Iron Leg"...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 24, 2014

Replacing Vince Carter and Shawn Marion on the new-look Mavericks

The Mavericks have a lot of new and unknown talent on this year's team, but can it replace two of the most important players of the past several years? There are lots of reasons to be optimistic about the Mavericks coming into the season -- not only did they give the Spurs their toughest challenge of the playoffs, they brought back Tyson Chandler and added Chandler Parsons in free agency. After three years of fighting for the No. 8 seed, many projections have them in the running for home court in the first round. If there's reason for concern, it's the two pieces they lost -- Shawn Marion...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 24, 2014

Mavs new alternate jerseys left out Reunion Tower which made Reunion Tower sad

Reunion Tower reacts to being left out of the skyline on the jersey Mark Cuban showed off on Tuesday. Yesterday, the Dallas Mavericks unveiled a fan-sourced design for an alternate jersey. We ran some pretty extensive coverage of the unveiling including the design, an interview with Geoff Case, the man behind the design, and ran a poll to get your thoughts on the new jersey. Yeah, we #DoWork here at MMB. Reaction to the new jersey was mixed. Many of those who were detractors, including myself, pointed to the jersey that Mark Cuban proudly held on display during the presentation. That...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 24, 2014
A complete history of Dallas Mavericks jerseys

A complete history of Dallas Mavericks jerseys

As Dallas announces an update to the team's look, let's remember how the Mavs' style has evolved over the years. Yesterday, the Mavericks revealed the winner of the design-a-uniform contest that Mark Cuban hosted on his personal blog a while back. A ton of speculation into yesterday's event about these uniforms. Which submission won? Were these going to be alternate uniforms or were the Mavs changing the primary look that has been around since 2001? Would the color green be making a comeback? Ultimately the result were fairly underwhelming. The new uniforms are not replacing the Mavs'...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 24, 2014

Mark Cuban comments on the 2014-15 Mavericks following new player introductions

After new player introductions, Mark Cuban talked about the 2014-15 Mavericks' improved depth, what we can expect to see from the team this season, and the expanding role of analytics in the NBA. [Ed. note: reporting by Rebecca Lawson; transcription and analysis by Kate Crawford] Mark Cuban had a lot to say following today's new player press conference. Check out the highlights below: On getting Tyson Chandler back to Dallas... All's well that ends well. I think it turned out just the way I planned. On what he expects from Chandler Parsons... Chandler is one of those fallen angels in...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 24, 2014

Meet Geoff Case, the man who designed the new Dallas Maverick alternate jerseys

Geoff took the time to answer some questions for us, including how Kanye West helped and his winning reaction in a Shell gas station. Geoff Case was the man of the hour at the American Airlines Center yesterday, which is saying something -- he beat Mark Cuban, Chandler Parsons and Tyson Chandler for that honor. He was the winner of the first ever fan contest for a professional team's jersey and got to be front-and-center at the Mavericks' press conference yesterday (he's in the lead photo on the left). The $1,000 and 2015-16 season tickets that Cuban awarded him at the press conference is...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 23, 2014
Poll: How do you feel about the Mavericks' new alternate jerseys?

Poll: How do you feel about the Mavericks' new alternate jerseys?

The Mavericks introduce three mock ups, but only the navy ones will be used as alternates next season. The Mavericks will use a navy alternate jersey in 2015-16. However, in their press conference, they released three potential mock ups that may make an appearance at the American Airlines in the future. Which one is your favorite? Poll Which mock up is your favorite? White Blue Green All of them None of them   30 votes | Results
Mavs Moneyball Sep 23, 2014
Mavericks introduce new alternate jerseys with Dallas skyline for the 2015-16 season

Mavericks introduce new alternate jerseys with Dallas skyline for the 2015-16 season

The Dallas Mavericks reveal their alternates. Here are the new Dallas Mavericks jerseys! These are final designs, and the all-blue one on the top right will be used as an alternate jersey for the 2015-16 season. A look at the Mavericks' New Jersey that will be used in eight games in the 2014-16 season. pic.twitter.com/g27tAoePEn — Eddie Sefko (@ESefko) September 23, 2014 The Mavericks announced them at today's 12 p.m. press conference. The jerseys were selected as part of Mark Cuban's contest on his blog, where he invited fans to submit their own designs. More than 1,000 jerseys...

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