We all remember the Dallas Mavericks 2011 Championship run. Dirk Nowitzki hitting fade away after fade away. Tyson Chandler anchoring the defense. J.J. Barea slicing the defense. DeShawn Stevenson and Shawn Marion defending the perimeter. And Jason Kidd and Jason Terry coming up with big play after big play.
Everyone joined the Mavs in different fashion. Nowitzki was acquired on draft night. Chandler was traded for Eric Dampier. Stevenson came along with Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood from Washington. As for Kidd and Terry, we have to go back to the year the Mavs came into existence to get all the necessary pieces to land the duo.
Many small and big trades were made to make this happen, plus plenty of needed draft selections and signings.
There were over FORTY transactions during the 28 year span and too many names to keep track of.
Interestingly, the Mavs originally selected Kidd in the 1994 draft, but would later move him to Phoenix. The trade with the Suns was needed as it netted the necessary pieces that initiated other transactions.
Below is the timeline of events that brought the duo to Dallas. While it wasn’t planned out to happen this way, it is interesting to see how each transaction led to the next.
Drafted Kiki Vandeweghe 11th overal. They would trade his right for the 1981 first round selection. Also drafted Richard Washington from the Milwaukee Bucks and Jerome Whitehead from the Utah Jazz via expansion draft.
Acquired Bill Robinzine and 1983 and 1986 first round selection from Cavaliers for Whitehead and Washington.
Drafted Rolando Blackman with the 9th pick acquired from Nuggets.
Traded Cooper and a 1985 first round pick for Kelvin Ransey.
Ransey was traded to the Nets for Foot Walker and a 1985 first round pick and 1984 second rounder.
Drafted Bill Wennington with the 16th pick, which was acquired from the Nets for Ransey.
Traded Wennington and two 1990 first round picks for Rodney McRay and 1990 and 1991 second round selections.
The team drafted Jim Jackson with the 4th overall pick.
Traded Blackman to the Knicks for a 1995 first round pick.
In a 3-team trade, Mavs would trade McRay to the Chicago Bulls and would acquire 1994 first rounder from Golden State.
Drafted Loren Meyer, whose draft selection was acquired from the Knicks for Blackman.
Signed George McCloud.
Signed Chris Gatling.
Signed Hot Rod Williams.
Drafted Etan Thomas with the 12th overall selection.
Mavs acquired Loy Vaught from Pistons for Sesay and Barros.
The Mavs traded just a 2004 second round pick to the Miami Heat for Tim Hardaway. Hardaway was coming off his 6th season with the Heat; he averaged 15.8 points and 6.7 assists during the 2001 season.
Signed Evan Eschmeyer
Traded Fortson for Calvin Booth.
Traded Henderson and Booth to the Milwaukee Bucks for Keith Van Horn.
Signed DeSagana Diop.
Drafted Maurice Ager 28th overal.
Signed Greg Buckner.
Traded Buckner to the Timberwolves for Trenton Hassell.
– Terry would land in Dallas during the 2005 season, with Kidd joining him and making his return during the 2008 campaign.
The two would play key roles in the Mavs championship. It was a long and unplanned process, but it was worth it.