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The Mavericks should finish high enough in the West — with some lucky breaks

The staff has their own ideas about where this version of the Mavericks will finish the year. With the Mavericks’ offseason more or less officially coming to a close, we continue breaking down the various aspects of what happened with the team this year. Today, our staff answered this question: What's the most and the least number of games you could reasonably see this team winning, assuming the team has average health throughout the year? ESPN has their own predictions, but here’s what our staff who watches the team day in and day out, came up with. Doyle: If they are healthy and the...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 28, 2016

Some Mavericks may be under more pressure to perform this season

Dirk is the constant, but who else on the team would be hard to replace — or under the gun? With the Mavericks’ offseason more or less officially coming to a close, we continue breaking down the various aspects of what happened with the team this year. Today, our staff answered this question: Besides Dirk, which player on this roster is the most irreplaceable or has the most pressure to perform? Here’s what we came up with. Doyle: The Mavs have shown over the years that everyone is replaceable. That's just how they roll. However, the pressure will certainly be on Harrison Barnes. He's...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 26, 2016

The Mavericks and Jameel Warney agree to a partially guaranteed deal

Dallas will bring in another summer league participant on a partially guaranteed deal. The Dallas Mavericks and Jameel Warney have agreed to a partially guaranteed deal that brings the team’s roster to 18, according to the Associated Press’ Michael Scotto. Warney is a 22-year-old big man who spent four seasons at Stony Brook University before joining the Mavericks’ summer league team and impressing in Las Vegas. The 6’8 big man backed up second round pick A.J. Hammons, generally outplaying him throughout the team’s six games while averaging about six points and seven rebounds....
Mavs Moneyball Jul 26, 2016

ESPN predicts the Mavericks will miss the playoffs with a losing record

The pundits see Dallas with a 40-42 record, just missing the Western Conference playoffs by a game. Take that 42-40 record from last season and flip it right around. That’s where ESPN sees the Dallas Mavericks next year — a ninth-place finish that will leave them one seed out of the Western Conference playoffs. Let take this moment to remind everyone that we’re just the messengers. Stop yelling at us! It’s better than last year, where you might remember that the national media “hated” the Mavericks. To be fair, it was certainly a remarkable accomplishment that they did end up...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 26, 2016

The last time the Mavericks were this good at defense, they won a title

Our staff generally agrees that the team’s biggest strength headed into the 2016-17 season is defense. With the Mavericks’ offseason more or less officially coming to a close, we continue breaking down the various aspects of what happened with the team this year. Today, our staff answered this question: What is the team’s biggest strength headed into next season? Here’s what we came up with. Doyle: I really think this will be one of the best defensive teams the Mavs have ever had. You have Andrew Bogut anchoring the middle and Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews patrolling the...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 25, 2016

Where this Mavericks offseason ranks among the others since 2011

Dallas had another down-and-up offseason where they salvaged a failed Plan A. Where does it put them compared to past years? The Mavericks had a hotly debated offseason this summer, one that will likely keep them right back in the playoff race next year but also one that was disappointing after the team missed their top free agent targets yet again. We asked our writers to answer this question: “Where does this summer rank among the past offseasons since winning the championship?” Here’s what they thought. Doyle: I think it's too early to say. On the surface, I think the team has done...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 22, 2016

Dirk Nowitzki officially re-signs with the Mavericks on a $50 million deal

Dirk is finally making that money he deserves. The Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki have agreed to a two year deal worth $50 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. After taking discounts on consecutive contracts for Dallas, Nowitzki is finally get paid lucratively, which he has more than deserved after 18 amazing seasons with this franchise. If Nowitzki had taken the max on his previous contracts, he could have earned nearly $44 million more than he has. The timing is crucial here -- with the cap rising drastically, Dallas had more room to negotiate this season. The discounts he took in the...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 21, 2016

Mavericks sign Kyle Collinsworth to partially guaranteed deal

The Mavs add another player from their Summer League team. The Dallas Mavericks have signed Kyle Collinsworth. The two-year partially guaranteed deal assures Collinsworth an invite to the Mavs' training camp. Collinsworth played on Dallas' Summer League team in Las Vegas. The 6'6" guard appeared in all six of the Mavericks' games in the desert, often times finding himself as the primary ball handler while on the floor. However, Collinsworth's time in Vegas wasn't exactly impressive. He averaged 4.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting, 2.4 assists, and one steal in 15.3 minutes per game off the...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 21, 2016

Grading another Mavericks’ offseason that didn’t go as plannned

The Mavs yet again turned tragedy into a possible shot at the playoffs. What grade would you give them? Everyone loves grades! Our staff roundtable this week continues with our contributors answering the question: "What grade would you give the Mavericks’ offseason and why?" The staff gives their thoughts below, and feel free to add your own grades in the comments below! Ian: C+. I would have given them an F, but once again the Mavs have cobbled together a passable roster after everything seemed to fall apart initially. Bogut and Curry represent the type of moves the Dallas front office...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 21, 2016

Mavs Moneyball is looking for new contributors

A great chance to join our team. Hello! I'm the editor-in-chief at Mavs Moneyball and we're looking to bring on new contributors for the site. I believe this is a great opportunity to write for the best Mavericks blog on the internet (in my biased view, anyway), whether you want to do it as a hobby or are hoping to gain experience for a sports journalism career. Before you apply, I'd really recommend you read through this brief Q&A section, which should help you write the best application possible. What is Mavs Moneyball? We're a Mavericks fan blog in the SB Nation family of networks. We've...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 20, 2016

Andrew Bogut and Quincy Acy are both huge offseason steals for the Mavericks

We try to figure out who the biggest steal from this offseason is, and we keep coming back to two players. Our staff roundtable wrapping up free agency and beginning to look towards next season moves onto an important question: “Which new acquisition has the best chance to be a complete steal?” We had eight of our staffers jump on to give their thoughts on which player has the best chance that. Danny: The obvious choice would be Seth Curry, but I really like Quincy Acy. He has the chance to be the DeJuan Blair-type of guy the Mavs could use when in need of energy off the bench. He's a...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 19, 2016

4 new Mavericks players to get excited about for the upcoming season

The Mavericks have a lot of fresh faces this season, as usual. Our staff shares who they are pumped to see in action. Now that free agency is (mostly) over, we’ll be rolling out a series of roundtables over the next several weeks to get you excited for the regular season. For this week, we asked the staff: what new Mavericks acquisition are you most excited for? Read their answers below and share who you are most excited about in the comments below! Doyle (@TheKobeBeef): I think Quincy Acy might prove to be one of the team's best pick-ups. I've always liked the energy he plays with and...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 18, 2016

Why Harrison Barnes isn’t quite the second coming of Josh Howard

Our writers have complicated feelings about Harrison Barnes, the Mavericks’ newest 24-year-old swingman. Harrison Barnes has been a divisive figure among Mavericks fans ever since Dallas inked him to a four-year, $94 million contract on July 4. There’s the Chandler Parsons comparisons for one, which aren’t fair to Barnes but also avoidable. There’s also the question of how good he can actually be: is his limited role unavoidable due to the players around him on the Warriors? Or were his solid but unspectacular statistics a clear indication that he won’t be able to smoothly move...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 15, 2016

3 things we learned from the Mavericks' final summer league game

Las Vegas Summer League has ended for the Mavericks and not a moment too soon. LAS VEGAS -- The Mavericks pounded the Warriors on Friday. The 80-74 win was Dallas' final summer league game, as they lost in the second round of the playoffs on Thursday and are out of the running for the summer league championship game that will happen on Monday. Justin Anderson did not play, as there was really no reason for him to do so. Besides him, the Mavericks opened up the rotations to make sure everyone on the roster got minutes. They had played with tighter rotations through five games, but Friday was...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 12, 2016

3 things from the Mavericks' loss to the Celtics in summer league

A rough third quarter was too much to overcome for the Summer League Mavericks After a few games, the quality of Summer League play degrades a great deal. Well -- that's not entirely true. It's our tolerance which degrades. The freshness of actual basketball from a team we care about is fun in theory. In practice, it's less fun. After three games, it's become a bit of a challenge to process. What is there to take away from the game? The Mavericks got up early, gave away the lead by the end of the first quarter, then managed to stay within striking distance for most of the second quarter...
CelticsBlog Jul 12, 2016

Boston Celtics still looking for their first win in Vegas as they take on the Mavericks

The Celtics are looking for their first win in three tries in Vegas as they take on the 1-1 Dallas Mavericks in their final game before the playoffs. . vs  Boston Celtics (0-2) vs Dallas Mavericks (1-1) Tuesday, July 11, 2016 6:00 PM ET TV:  ESPN 2 (Replay: Wednesday 7/13 at 7:00 AM ET on NBA-TV) Stream:  ESPN 3 Cox Pavilion The Celtics look for their first win in three tries in Las Vegas as they take on the Dallas Mavericks, who are 1-1.  The Mavericks played in the Orlando Summer League where they finished 2-3.  They beat the Heat 83-64 and then lost to the Raptors 80-69. ...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 11, 2016

4 things we learned from the Mavericks' 80-69 loss in summer league

Dallas couldn't get it done as Anderson struggled. The Mavericks lost to the Toronto Raptors on Monday, falling 80-69 in the second game of summer league. Dallas drops to 1-1 in summer league, which means that in addition to Tuesday's game, they'll likely play Wednesday too. (They needed to go undefeated to earn a first round bye that would push their game to Thursday.) It was a mediocre showing for the summer Mavs, who shot 35 percent with 6-of-26 shooting from behind the line. To be fair, the Raptors have two NBA guards in Delon Wright and Norman Powell that make things difficult. Jakob...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 10, 2016

5 takeaways from the Mavericks' 83-64 win over the Heat at summer league

Game 1 of Las Vegas Summer League saw the Dallas Mavericks pull away with a strong win The opening game of Las Vegas Summer League saw the Dallas Mavericks pull away late with a convincing win over the Miami Heat. Jonathan Gibson led the Mavericks with 30 points on a barrage of three point makes. Rodney McGruder led the Heat in scoring with 18. Summer league games are often a mess, particularly in the early games, with teammates who have barely practiced together playing for contracts or to simply get noticed by NBA, D-League, or overseas teams. The early goings of this game were no...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 8, 2016

Stories about the Mavericks you can read today

If you need a distraction, here's some good pieces. We're going to keep a low profile today. Dallas, stay strong. Here's some links you can read today about the Mavericks. Rob Mahoney's excellent SI piece on the Mavs offseason so far Zach Lowe on the Harrison Barnes dilemma from a year ago Dwain Price wrote about how the Mavericks are grooming Michael Finley for a front office role Alex Wong of Sports on Earth talked about team loyalty and how it related to Dirk If you haven't read this Jason Gallagher piece about how Mavs fans are Dirk fans for life, you should ESPN's Tim MacMahon...
Mavs Moneyball Jul 7, 2016

The Mavericks sign ball-handling forward Nicolas Brussino to a 3-year deal

Brussino is a 6'8 small forward who can handle the ball with a decent shot. The Mavericks have signed 23-year-old small forward Nicolas Brussino to a three-year deal, according to the European basketball Sportando and confirmed by ESPN's Tim MacMahon. The deal is partially guaranteed. Brussino is a 6'8 small forward with ball handling skills who declared for the 2015 NBA Draft but received little interest. Last season, the Argentinian played for Penarol in Argentina, and he's also part of the Argentinian National Team. Penarol is a long-standing team in Argentina that plays in their top...

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