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Mavs Moneyball May 27, 2016

Zaza Pachulia was a rock in uncertain times for the Mavericks

The fallback plan for the Mavericks became an unexpectedly key piece. Looking back From 2011 to 2015, the Dallas Mavericks had 10 different players start games at center. Entering the summer of 2015, Dallas seemed poised to finally land the young free agent long sought after, this time in the form of DeAndre Jordan. We all know how that turned out. Enter Zaza Pachulia, who came to the Mavericks by way of Milwaukee essentially for free, with Dallas sending out a future second round pick with insane protections. It feels like a long time ago now, but the days after the DeAndre incident were...
Mavs Moneyball May 26, 2016

Charlie Villanueva struggled to find his place with the Mavericks this season

The veteran power forward struggled from start to finish this season. Looking Back There are two versions of Charlie Villanueva. The first is a joyful guy, loved by his teammates and positive force in the community. The other is version is an attempt at a professional basketball player, one who played so poorly he will almost surely be out of the NBA next season. The first guy is the kind of human being we should all strive to be. He's probably the most well known person with alopecia, a skin condition that can result in total hair loss and almost always affects people under 20. While on...
Mavs Moneyball May 25, 2016

Dwight Howard could be the Mavericks' best option to upgrade at center

The Mavericks need a better plan than Pachulia, Mejri and Lee if they want to contend. After #DeAndreGate last offseason, the Mavs managed to cobble together a somewhat respectable center rotation, with Zaza Pachulia shining early, Salah Mejri providing a spark later on in the season, David Lee bringing a respectable presence, and JaVale McGee, well....he was there too. But there were clearly some glaring flaws, so -- looking at the past season and the season to come, what should the Mavericks be looking for at the center position this offseason? Doyle (@TheKobeBeef): It was surprising that...
Mavs Moneyball May 23, 2016

Justin Anderson was a key piece in the Mavericks' season-ending run

After playing sparingly the first four months of the season, rookie Justin Anderson played a key role in Dallas turning things around and making the playoffs. Looking back The Dallas Mavericks selected Justin Anderson with the 21st pick in last June's draft, making him the first guy Dallas had taken at their slotted draft position (i.e no trade-back or trade-away) since Maurice Ager in 2006. Of the nine players the Mavs drafted in the last decade who actually made it onto an NBA roster, only one has logged at least 5000 minutes: Jae Crowder, a 2nd round pick in 2012. The only other players...
Mavs Moneyball May 20, 2016

Salah Mejri's surprising season gave the Mavericks a defensive boost

The 29-year-old rookie from Tunisia wasn't on most people's radar to start the year but ended up giving the Mavericks the defensive presence in the paint they needed. Looking back There were zero expectations for Salah Mejri before the season started. Zero. Zilch. None. He was a foreign find that most expected to be a training camp body and nothing more. Even when Mejri beat out Samuel Dalemderp Dalembert for the final center spot on the roster, we mostly assumed Mejri would lag behind Zaza Pachulia and Dwight Powell. That's how the season went, for the most part. Mejri played 20 total...
Mavs Moneyball May 19, 2016

What should the Mavericks' offseason plan be at point guard?

The Mavericks needed every bit of their four point guards and maybe then some this past season. What should their offseason plan look like at this position? The Mavericks have had five different starting point guards in five years. With J.J. Barea under contract for 3 more years, Devin Harris for 1 more year, Deron Williams a free agent with mutual interest to return, and Raymond Felton a free agent as well, what should the Mavericks' offseason plan at point guard look like? Bailey (@BRogers789): Well the Mavs have no choice but to hold onto J.J. and Devin, so you can go ahead and pencil...
Mavs Moneyball May 17, 2016

Raymond Felton revived his career with the Mavericks this season

Raymond Felton proved his worth, but will he stick around? Looking back After appearing in just 29 games his first year with the Dallas Mavericks, Raymond Felton became a stalwart rotation player this season. Felton appeared in a whopping 80 games for Dallas in 2015-16, more than any other Maverick, and played the third most minutes. That's quite the leap for a player who many considered a spare part in the trade that brought Tyson Chandler back to Dallas two seasons ago. However, Felton's performance is what earned him playing time. With Chandler Parsons sidelined for the first two games...
Mavs Moneyball May 16, 2016

J.J. Barea saved the Mavericks season behind surprising improvements

The diminutive back-up point guard posted career-bests in shooting numbers for an offensively-challenged Dallas team that needed all the scoring it could get to claw into the playoffs. Looking back Expectations weren't high for J.J. Barea before the season. He just signed a 4-year deal worth $16 million, a crazy number for a sub-six foot tall point guard on the wrong side of 30. Barea represented the putrid hellscape that was the Mavs 2015 off-season, where loyalty was rewarded over talent or need. At the time, it seemed the Mavs just guaranteed four more years to the third or fourth best...
Mavs Moneyball May 13, 2016

Deron Williams is the point guard the Mavericks deserve, and maybe the one they need

There's mutual interest in a return for D-Will. He struggled with injuries and consistency this year but he could be very well be the team's best option at point guard. Looking back When the Mavericks signed Deron Williams last July, they fulfilled a dream free agent scenario three years later than originally hoped. The point guard who arrived in Dallas was a different player than the guy who averaged around 21 points and 9 assists over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, when the team made him a free agent target. Williams' production had suffered from nagging ankle injuries. And his rep in...
Mavs Moneyball May 12, 2016

Wesley Matthews' first year in Dallas showed flashes of the player he was -- and can be

There were good and bad times in Wesley Matthews' first year in Dallas as he recovered from one of the worst injuries in sports. Looking Back When Wesley Matthews signed with the Mavericks, there were more questions surrounding him than maybe any other player on the roster. He was coming of a ruptured Achilles, an injury that occurred when there was pretty much just a month left in the regular season. How long would the rehab take? When would he return to the court? How effective would he be when he returned? How would the coaching staff manage him? While these questions swirled, Matthews...
Mavs Moneyball May 10, 2016

Death, taxes and Dirk Nowitzki -- the oldest Maverick was also the best

Another year with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks has come and gone. Did the Big German perform up to expectations? Manager's note: as we do each year, we'll be breaking down each player's season and looking forward to what might be over the next season. We start, as always, with the most important Maverick. Looking Back The Dallas Mavericks have now had 18 years with Dirk Nowitzki. There are only 35 players in NBA history who have played 18 or more seasons. Few have played as well as Dirk this late into their careers. With a career old enough to vote and enter the military, it has...
Mavs Moneyball May 6, 2016

The 35 best Mavericks stories we wrote for the 2015-16 season

We wrote a lot more than 35 stories! These were some of the highlights. The Mavericks' season has come and gone again, and hopefully we helped you celebrate the highs and vent during the lows here at Mavs Moneyball. The news cycle in a professional sports league is so quick, and I couldn't even start to remind you of all the stories I wrote this year off the top of my head, let alone our site's staff in general. Certainly, we wouldn't expect you to have seen or to remember everything, either. That's alright. We can help with that. Let's run through the season, from the preseason to Game 87,...
Mavs Moneyball May 2, 2016

What does Dirk Nowitzki's opt-out say about the Mavericks' past -- and future?

Our staff discusses their reactions to the news that Dirk is opting out, and some likely and unlikely things that might happen. In the wake of Dirk Nowitzki's somewhat surprising opt-out of the final year of his contract, a lot of folks have wondered whether there's a chance he could leave Dallas, and if not, what it means. We asked our staff to discuss. What are your initial thoughts on Dirk's decision to opt-out of the final year of his contract? Josh (@boweman55): I think this is the first time Dirk has finally realized how much power he holds over the Mavericks front office. Dirk...
Mavs Moneyball May 2, 2016

Dirk Nowitzki opting out doesn't mean he's leaving the Mavericks ... probably

Strange news to kick off the Mavericks' offseason. Dirk Nowitzki will opt out of the final year of his contract with the Dallas Mavericks and become a free agent this summer, he told 1310 The Ticket's BaD Radio show on Monday afternoon. Nowitzki had a player option worth $8.6 million for next season. This is confusing news for the Mavericks, but I'd stop short of calling it worrisome. Dirk Nowitzki has said for a while that "the plan" has been to return to Dallas next year, but the implication was that he would do that by opting into his contract. Instead, Nowitzki will be a free agent on...
Mavs Moneyball May 1, 2016

Chandler Parsons posts a photo of him and DeAndre Jordan so EVERYTHING'S ALRIGHT NOW

DOES THIS MEAN DEANDRE IS A MAVERICK AGAIN NOW Last year, Chandler Parsons and DeAndre Jordan became best buds when Parsons was trying to get him to Dallas and then became, well, not best buds when DeAndre said he would come and didn't. BUT NOW! Now they're buds again, I guess, because they posted this Instagram proving they're buds because the caption reads "#NoHardFeelings." #nohardfeelings A photo posted by ChandlerParsons (@chandlerparsons) on May 1, 2016 at 4:16pm PDT (I mean, they hang in the same friend circles, meaning Blake Griffin's in Los Angeles, so this isn't a huge...