When Dirk Nowitzki came into the league, the shooting guard position was locked up by Michael Finley. For nine seasons, Finley would hold the fort down. During his time with the Mavs, he’d earn two All-Star spots, which no other Mavs shooting guard has yet to earn this distinctions.
During the 2005 offseason, the Dallas Mavericks would part with their longtime shooting guard and struggle to replace him. The team has gone through a number of names at the starting shooting guard position; with only Jason Terry or Devin Harris (depends on who you considered the point) lasting more than a season, but both will be omitted from consideration.
Monta Ellis currently occupies the position and will be the first shooting guard to last more than a season since the 2007 season.
Below is a quick look at who the Mavs have had starting at shooting guard and it’s easy to see that Finley has been the best of the bunch.
– Seasons/games noted in parenthesis note seasons as starter, and not seasons on team.
Michael Finley (9 years): 19.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.2 steals
Doug Christie (7 games): 3.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1.3 steals
Adrian Griffin (1 year): 4.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1 steal
Eddie Jones (33 games): 3.7 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, .6 steal
Antoine Wright (1 year): 7.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists, .7 steal
DeShawn Stevenson (1 year): 5.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, .3 steal
Delonte West (1 year): 9.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals
O.J. Mayo (1 year): 15.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.1 steals
Monta Ellis (1 year): 19 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals