2:21 PM EDT, Tue September 23, 2014
Own or write a blog that covers the Dallas Mavericks? Add your blog posts
Mavs Moneyball 20 hours ago
Rick Carlisle is the second-best coach in the NBA, according to CBS Sports

Rick Carlisle is the second-best coach in the NBA, according to CBS Sports

Matt Moore ranks all of the head coaches in the NBA, and he has Carlisle as the second best. It's power ranking season again, and they're coming fast and furious. Everyone has their own way and manner of ranking NFL teams, and that can get tiresome pretty quick, but rank NBA coaches? Now you have my attention. Matt Moore of CBS Sports and Hardwood Paroxysm took on the challenge, giving every coach a grade on a 10-point scale. Rick Carlisle received a 9.5, falling only behind Gregg Popovich's perfect 10. Here's what Moore had to say about Rick: Rick Carlisle Team: Dallas Mavericks Rating:...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 22, 2014
Mark Cuban made comments about the NFL six months ago and he was right

Mark Cuban made comments about the NFL six months ago and he was right

Today's Five Out, with your daily dose of Maverick news from around the internet 1.) SO THE REALLY FORWARD THINKING OWNER WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE FUTURE? TELL ME MORE. Peter King of Sports Illustrated looks back at the comments from Maverick owner Mark Cuban about the future of the NFL. I won't spoil it for you... no matter your thoughts on football as a whole, this is something worth reading. 2.) DOCUMENTARY OF DIRK PREMIERES. ESPN's Marc Stein has a great write up about the premiere of the Berlin Tall's new movie. This is pretty cool. I know we've talked about it a lot here, but the kind of...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 22, 2014

The only season preview you need: the Dallas Mavericks vs. Kanye West

Mavs Moneyball previews the Mavericks roster in part thanks to the one and only Yeezy. A new season is upon us, and what better to celebrate with than another trip through the catalogue of a noted musician and/or music genre versus the Mavericks roster. For those of you new to this, we've been here before: with Taylor Swift and with '90s songs. Today, we tackle the enigmatic -- but admittedly gold standard -- rapper Kanye West. Last year's Mavericks can really be described in one word: fun. Sure, they made the playoffs -- but if they hadn't, hey, there was a pretty intensely satisfying...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 20, 2014

Weekend poll: Which Mavericks rival do you love to hate the most?

There are a few teams that Mavs fans always seem to get amped up to face. Who is your favorite rival? I don't really like to use the word "hate," but sports hate is a notable exception. Last week, NBC DFW ranked the Mavericks' rivals from worst to first. No surprises at the top spots, really, but considering recent history, we were wondering: which Mavericks rival does our community love to hate the most? Obviously the Spurs are a team we all get amped up for, and certainly the seven game playoff series solidified that rivalry for some time to come. The Lakers are always a fun team to root...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 20, 2014

Pops Mensah-Bonsu never really got a chance with the Dallas Mavericks

Pops Mensah-Bonsu had the skills to be a fan favorite in Dallas. Instead, he was relegated to the bench, only appearing in garbage time. It isn't often that the Mavericks bring in exciting young talent. Sure, in the 1990s the team loaded up on young, skilled players. However, that didn't work out (thanks, Toni Braxton). Since the turn of the millennium, the team did bring in some nice young talent such as Josh Howard, Marquis Daniels, and Devin Harris. Despite their skill sets, they never really had awe-inspiring athleticism. Instead, the team under Avery Johnson was focused on defense,...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 19, 2014

Positional Strength: Average rank of each Western Conference team

In today's Five Out, we wrap up the Positional Strength series In the last five weeks, I've been ranking the Mavericks among the Western Conference by positions. Here's the one wrapping up centers last week. Someone asked for a overall ranking, which I was hesitate to do at first. But I went ahead and calculated it out, and I'll go ahead and share them here. Positional Strength: Point guards Shooting guards Small forwards Power forwards Centers Before checking them, please understand the problems with this. These rankings aren't created equally -- for example, Oklahoma City's no. 1...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 19, 2014

Four Dallas Mavericks rank in SI NBA's top 100 players of 2015

Dirk and three other Mavericks made SI's list. Here's where they fell and what they said. SI.com published a list of the Top 100 NBA players for 2015, and four Mavericks made the cut. Here's who and where. Monta Ellis, no. 66 Above: Rudy Gay. Below: Andrew Bogut. Ellis hasn't changed much in the last year, but a chance to play for a first-rate coach alongside a superstar scorer has clarified his optimal role. We now have empirical evidence that a team with Ellis as a central part can gun for the best offense in the league. Dallas was just that potent last season with Ellis as one of its...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 19, 2014
Antoine Wright was the absolute worst

Antoine Wright was the absolute worst

The Mavericks starting two-guard from the 2008-2009 season is actually a pretty easy player to forget. Except for one play in the 2009 playoffs. It’s a shame that I won’t really ever forget Antoine Wright. A real damn shame. Because Antoine Wright is not very good at basketball. Well, professional basketball at least. He was only in Dallas for a year and a half, yet I will always remember him. Not for anything good of course. It was bad. Very bad. It was back in the 2009 playoffs, after the Mavericks handled the Spurs so easily in the first round. They did it so easily that people...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 18, 2014
Positional Strength: Where the Maverick centers rank among other Western Conference teams

Positional Strength: Where the Maverick centers rank among other Western Conference teams

Tyson Chandler & co. are the best thing the Mavericks have had at center since the championship, but how do they match up with the other 14 conference opponents? (The final installment of Positional Strength. Here are the first four: point guard, shooting guard, small forward and power forward.) Tyson Chandler has returned. Two years removed from a Defensive Player of the Year award, he's clearly a much more mobile and versatile defender than anyone on the Mavericks last year. His pick-and-roll defense stands out because even at 7-foot, he has the ability to make the occasional switch...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 18, 2014

Twitter praises Dirk Nowitzki with trending hashtag #ILoveDirkBecause

We all love Dirk, because he's amazing, so when Twitter gives us an opportunity to express that love, how could we pass that up? The hashtag #ILoveDirkBecause is trending right now on Twitter, which means that a lot of people are currently expressing their undying love for the Tall Baller from the G. Here are some of the best from Twitter: #ILoveDirkBecause @swish41 is the heart and epitome of Dallas. Kind, caring, personable, and that hair! #AllTimeGreat #Dallas — Zein Jivani (@ZeinJivani) September 18, 2014 #ILoveDirkBecause of the pure jumper and the pure heart — Chris Nash...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 16, 2014

Mark Cuban permits Dirk Nowitzki to play in EuroBasket 2015

Despite his stance against NBA players participating in international tournaments, Mark Cuban has given the okay to let Dirk Nowitzki play in EuroBasket 2015. Mark Cuban has made his position on NBA players playing in international competitions time and again. He doesn't like it. However, he can't refuse to let players on his payroll participate basked on the NBA-FIBA agreement. For example, Tyson Chandler was on the United State' 2010 World Championship team in Turkey that won gold over the host nation. This summer, Chandler Parsons participated in training camp and several exhibition...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 16, 2014

Remembering the Mavs you forgot to remember

Plus: Dirk being awesome, Rondo rumors, Chandler Parsons and the camel explained, and more ranking of players. 1. MAVS YOU FORGOT TO REMEMBER: Kind of like #BestGameLive last week, we decided to keep the fun rolling with another mini-series of posts: "Mavs You Forgot to Remember." The first, from new writer Kate Crawford, went up this morning and is filled with all the Kris Humphries information you never knew you wanted. Check it out, and keep an eye out for a few more posts as the week rolls on. 2. ESPN'S NBA RANK SERIES HAS BEGUN: And new Maverick Eric Griffin, of Summer League...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 15, 2014

Help has been found; introducing the new Mavs Moneyball staff writers

Yay! About four weeks ago, I published a post that started with the words "help wanted." Although I just recently hit my one-year anniversary as site manager, this was a new experience for me, and I had no clue. I hoped to get a couple solid candidates. I remember hoping at least 15 people would apply. Fifteen people did apply, and then 81 more. Yes, we had 96 total applicants, and that absolutely blew my mind. Narrowing it down was probably the toughest thing I've had to do so far as the big boss on this site, and as you might have noticed, it took some time as I juggled it with school and...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 15, 2014

Ellis and Parsons make appearances in SI's Top 100

Plus, some thoughts on the season and your social media moments of the weekend. 1. SI's TOP 100 NBA PLAYERS SERIES: The first of a few articles throughout the week, Sports Illustrated will be taking a look at the best of the NBA. In the first set of rankings -- 100-51 -- both Monta Ellis (66, last year 68) and Chandler Parsons (56, last year 94) make appearances. On Monta: 2013-14 statistics• 19.0 PPG, 5.7 APG, 3.6 RPG, 45.1 FG%, 33.0 3P%• 16.8 PER, 4.9 Win Shares, 1.9 RAPM Ellis hasn't changed much in the last year, but a chance to play for a first-rate coach alongside a superstar...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 12, 2014

Dallas Maverick 2K player ratings leak, Dirk Nowitzki moves up

In today's Five Out, we talk about NBA 2K player rating leaks, Chandler Parsons wanting to be in Spain with Team USA and a Tyson Chandler interview. 1. 2K SHOWS DIRK LOVE: NBA 2K15 is nearly upon us and a Dallas Mavericks roster has appeared to leak onto the internet. Here's the photo: Since that's difficult to read, here are the rankings (h/t to the Real 2K Insider) Player Rating Dirk Nowitzki 88 Monta Ellis 82 Chandler Parsons 79 Tyson Chandler 79 Jameer Nelson 76 Devin Harris 75 Brandan Wright 75 Al-Farouq Aminu 74 Raymond Felton 74 Jae Crowder 72 Richard...
Hal Brown / Mavs Moneyball Sep 12, 2014

Sorting Through Dallas' Positional Logjams

The Mavericks have built a (probably) stronger, deeper roster this offseason. But is there a risk to the depth that the Mavericks have accumulated? Last season, the Mavericks' depth really became their biggest strength not named Dirk Nowitzki. Jose Calderon, when not playing, could be replaced by Devin Harris, who was roughly as effective. Similarly, Monta Ellis could be replaced by Vince Carter, Shawn Marion by Jae Crowder, and Samuel Dalembert by Brandan Wright. With the exception of Dirk Nowitzki, most of the players on the Mavericks' starting roster could be replaced by similarly...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 11, 2014

Positional Strength: Ranking the Maverick power forwards with the rest of the West

Best in the West? It's not the Mavericks, but they come close in this ranking. Editor's note: This is part four of a five-part series breaking down the Mavericks at each position, as compared to the rest of the Western Conference. Here's last week's version. I've written plenty of things about Dirk. I know a lot about him. Probably too much, he'd say, ever humble, but such are the perks of running a Mavericks blog. And still, yesterday, I saw something new. I've been told time and time again how hard it is to block his shot. And then I see this photo. Look at how high that release...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 11, 2014

Five Out Offense: The Rangers bring in Chandler Parsons (for the first pitch)

Plus Cuban on international play (yes, again!), Ricky Ledo and Shane Larkin are still adorable, and more. 1. MORE CUBAN AND INTERNATIONAL PLAY: Pro Basketball Talk has a little tidbit about Cuban's conversations with Parsons and playing on Team USA, speculating that there's a possibility Cuban violated NBA-FIBA rules in his and Parsons' conversations. Seems (in my opinion) like creating a story out of nothing -- Cuban's views on international play are certainly well known -- though I suppose it's a story worth watching. 2. SPEAKIING OF PARSONS: In case, like I have, you stopped watching the...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 11, 2014

Explaining the Charlie Villanueva signing for the Dallas Mavericks

Villanueva reached an agreement to join the Mavericks. He doesn't have to even make the team. In the Five Out on Monday, we brought you the news that veteran forward Charlie Villanueva was deciding on whether to join the Clippers on Mavericks. Later that day, the Mavericks signed Villanueva with an non guaranteed contract. Villanueva was an unrestricted free agent this summer coming off a five-year, $37-million contract with the Pistons. He documented his free agency with an eight part vlog series titled "Crossroads." No, really. I'm not making that up. The signing of Villanueva is a...
Mavs Moneyball Sep 9, 2014

Tell us the story of the best Dallas Mavericks game you've ever seen live

We told our stories. Your turn! All around SB Nation (and probably elsewhere once this catches on), we're talking about the best game we've ever seen live. While Rebecca wrote about a game she saw from the press box, these are mostly games we saw as fans. You know what's cool? A lot of you have also been to games as fans. This is an experience we all share, no matter where you come from. So let's all sit around this virtual campfire below us and share our own stories. What was the best game you've ever attended live? If you've got a longer story, don't forget you can write a fanpost, too!

Mavericks Player News