12:41 PM EDT, Wed May 23, 2018
15 hours ago
Dream Team 2020: Building a fantasy Mavs squad to play alongside Dennis Smith Jr. in the post-Dirk era

Dream Team 2020: Building a fantasy Mavs squad to play alongside Dennis Smith Jr. in the post-Dirk era

Let's deal in reality before we step into the fantasy world.The Mavericks are not going to be a playoff team in 2018-19. There's simply too much ground to cover for a 24-win team in the Western Conference, no matter what kind of magic they might have up their sleeve.So let's all agree that they are aiming to be back on the NBA map in the 2019-2020 season. Making the playoffs that season is plausible.Now, let's step into fantasy world.If this is a process that will last two more years, then the Mavericks have a plan that, with a little luck, can be executed and will put them in the playoffs in...
22 hours ago
Strong first season isn't enough to get Dennis Smith Jr. on the all-rookie first team

Strong first season isn't enough to get Dennis Smith Jr. on the all-rookie first team

Dennis Smith Jr. had one of the best rookie seasons in Mavericks' history, but it wasn't enough to get him on the all-NBA rookie first team.Smith was on the second-team, a distant sixth in voting by a global media panel, earning just nine first-team votes (out of a possible 100).Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Philadelphia's Ben Simmons were unanimous first-team selections and were joined by Boston's Jayson Tatum (99 first-team votes), the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma (93) and Chicago's Lauri Markkanen (76).Smith led the second team with nine first-place votes and 78 second-team votes.He was...
23 hours ago
Mavericks will have to take risks if they want to accelerate rebuild

Mavericks will have to take risks if they want to accelerate rebuild

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:What do you make of this DeAndre Jordan chatter? Would the Mavs seriously be interested?Sefko: I've been told no. While you never say never in the NBA, this would be akin to having your wife leave you with half of everything you own, only to get flirty with you again so she could come back and get the other half of everything you own. This is a joke, people. The way Jordan punctured the franchise in his last free-agent...
May 22, 2018
Whoever the Mavericks draft at No. 5 will need time to grow into a high-level producer

Whoever the Mavericks draft at No. 5 will need time to grow into a high-level producer

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:Is there still a chance the Mavs could land Luka Doncic in the draft? There's word out there he could fall out of the top three if Phoenix doesn't take him.Sefko: Don't believe everything you hear at this time of year. In fact, I wouldn't believe anything you hear. I still have a hard time seeing him fall any lower than third in the draft. And probably not below No. 2.If he does, yes, the Mavericks will scoop him up and...
May 21, 2018
Looking for a second-round steal in the NBA draft? Mavericks could do worse than this local guy

Looking for a second-round steal in the NBA draft? Mavericks could do worse than this local guy

The second round of the NBA draft is a crapshoot.But you know there are going to be good players that get taken in the second round.When you look at some of names that came out of the second round, you know that the Mavericks, with picks 33 and 54, have a shot to get serious help if they make the right decisions.Malcolm Brogdon (36th, 2016), Nikola Jokic (42nd, 2014), Khris Middleton (39th, 2012), Draymond Green (35th, 2012) and Hassan Whiteside (33rd, 2010) all have been high-quality contributors on playoff teams or, in Jokic's case, a team that won 46 games and missed the playoffs this...
May 19, 2018
This is the precarious position the Mavericks find themselves in with the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft

This is the precarious position the Mavericks find themselves in with the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft

Mohamed Bamba broke the NBA combine record for wingspan last week when he was measured at 7-feet, 10-inches from fingertip to fingertip.So the natural question we posed to NBA executives at the Chicago combine last week was whether or not it would be a reach for the Mavericks to take Bamba with the fifth pick in next month's draft.Much of that discussion depends on how much you value the defensive end of the court. In talking to one Western Conference executive, he pointed to Utah center Rudy Gobert as an example, although cautioning that Gobert's work ethic sets him apart from other...
May 18, 2018
With No. 5 pick in draft, all options open for Mavericks ... with one key caveat

With No. 5 pick in draft, all options open for Mavericks ... with one key caveat

Options. The Mavericks are keeping them open going into another crucial offseason, including the possibility of trading their first-round draft pick.While dropping to the fifth overall selection in the draft lottery -- just one spot above their lowest possibility -- was a buzz kill, it was not a graveyard sentence.President of Basketball Operations Donnie Nelson and owner Mark Cuban are keeping a close watch on everything happening around the NBA and will continue to do so in the next month of talent evaluation leading up to the draft.That includes trade options."We're getting a lot of...
May 18, 2018
Why nationwide legal sports betting is a net positive for the NBA

Why nationwide legal sports betting is a net positive for the NBA

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights: Any chance Ayton, Bagley or Doncic falls to No. 5? Who's got the best shot?Sefko: No chance. Those guys are going to go in the top three unless somebody tries to overthink things. At the very worst, they go in the top four and Jaren Jackson or Michael Porter slips into the top three. But I wouldn't bet on it.What did you make of Adam Silver's comments on sports betting? That it's a net positive for the league?Sefko: He's...
May 17, 2018
She beat cancer, domestic abuse and racial barriers, but can she save the Dallas Mavericks?

She beat cancer, domestic abuse and racial barriers, but can she save the Dallas Mavericks?

Editor's note: This was originally published March 26.Barely two weeks into her new job as leader of the Dallas Mavericks, Cynthia "Cynt" Marshall already moves with the urgency of a team behind in the fourth quarter. Marshall, known as "Cynt the sprint" from her high school days running track, has been tasked with resurrecting both the spirit and the reputation of a championship organization rocked by allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior left unchecked for years.It's a challenge she does not underestimate.But as a person who has been through a lifetime of great joys and...
May 17, 2018
Why NBA teams drool over, but also question possible Mavs draft target and ex-UT star Mo Bamba

Why NBA teams drool over, but also question possible Mavs draft target and ex-UT star Mo Bamba

CHICAGO -- Like any human would, particularly one that is 7-feet tall, Mohamed Bamba has fantasized about how he would fit in with certain NBA teams.The Mavericks have crossed his mind more than a few times, and he couldn't conceal his excitement Thursday about the thought of playing with a point guard like Dennis Smith Jr."He's really good," the former Texas Longhorn said while interviewing with teams and going through skill drills and measurements at the NBA draft combine. "And I believe I'm the type of big he wants to play with, who screens and rolls and can finish high above the rim."Rick...
May 17, 2018
Should the Mavericks consider bringing ex-Raptors coach Dwayne Casey back to Dallas?

Should the Mavericks consider bringing ex-Raptors coach Dwayne Casey back to Dallas?

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:How do you think Mo Bamba would fit in with the Mavs? Are those Rudy Gobert comparisons even close?Sefko: Too early to tell about the Gobert comparisons. There were teams that worked out Gobert leading up to his draft that thought he was too soft. Bamba has off-the-charts measurables. What we don't know is whether he's going to be more Gobert or Noel. That's the Mavericks' job to find out. But look around the Western...
May 16, 2018
Will an unfavorable NBA draft lottery change how the Mavericks approach free agency?

Will an unfavorable NBA draft lottery change how the Mavericks approach free agency?

Eddie Sefko, Mavericks beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered your questions about the team in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights:How much does this lottery slot change how the Mavs will look at free agency?Sefko: Excellent question. It could change it a lot, but the hope here is that picking 5 instead of 3, 2 or 1 doesn't cause the Mavericks to panic. This wasn't going to solve all their problems even if they'd gotten lucky Tuesday night. What they need is a smart game plan and the patience to execute it. They won't get the immediate impact player...
May 16, 2018

Different (shooting) strokes for different folks; beauty is in the eye of the beholder in NBA draft

CHICAGO - In the aftermath of the NBA lottery, there are always overreactions about the order of the draft.But while some people believe the connection between new Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov and Luka Doncic, whom Kokoskov coached on the Slovenian national team, the indications from the lottery were that that's not going to play a part in the Suns' draft strategy.Deandre Ayton remains the No. 1 talent in the eyes of most folks."Deandre is probably going to Phoenix," said Sacramento point guard De'Aaron Fox. "That's kind of a given."While that's for Phoenix's front office to decide, Fox got no...
May 16, 2018
NBA executive: Bamba among the picks that make sense for Mavericks at No. 5

NBA executive: Bamba among the picks that make sense for Mavericks at No. 5

CHICAGO - It's the day between the NBA draft lottery and on-court start of the combine, which means it's time to take stock of what happened Tuesday.I chatted after the lottery with longtime Orlando talent evaluator Pat Williams and he was pretty clear on what the draft looks like for his team - and by extension the Mavericks, who will pick one spot ahead of the Magic next month.That fifth pick could come down to a matter of size, Williams said."It could very well be the big center at Texas," Williams said of Mo Bamba, the slender, 7-1 shot-blocking terror who was strong for the Longhorns...
May 15, 2018
Mavericks mock draft: What will the first eight picks look like?

Mavericks mock draft: What will the first eight picks look like?

With the Mavericks drafting fifth, here's an early look at how the draft should go on June 21.1. Phoenix: Arizona C DeAndre Ayton, 7-0He won't have to go far to join the Suns, who desperately need size. This should be a perfect fit and help free up Devin Booker and Josh Jackson.From our prospect profile: He's got the most unique combination of size, strength, quickness and instincts in this draft class. Pure and simple, he's the closest thing to can't-miss talent to come out of college since, perhaps, Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015. It's not just the fact that he runs the floor so well, can...

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