Mavericks are letting fans determine their all-time starting five

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Derek Harper (Photo by: Mike Powell/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Derek Harper (Photo by: Mike Powell/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks supporters can vote on Twitter to decide the team’s all-time starting five. Here is a look at the first ballot.

The Dallas Mavericks have only been a franchise since 1980. In those 40 years, they have made the playoffs 21 times (22 if they qualify this season). The Mavs claimed the NBA championship in 2011 after losing in the finals in 2006.

Mavericks GOAT Dirk Nowitzki ushered in the franchise’s most successful era. From 2001 to 2016, the team qualified for the playoffs 15 times. The inner-circle Hall of Famer was leading the charge as one of the best scorers and a revolutionary player in the league.

The Dallas Mavericks are letting fans vote for their all-time starting five on Twitter. The first ballot went up on Monday. Let us take a look at the nominees.

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At guard

Supporters have to decide the starting guard between Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Derek Harper, and Brad Davis. The poll closes mid-day on March 31, but fans may still be able to vote here.

They did not make it an easy decision to start things off. All four were fantastic players. The Mavs have retired the numbers of Davis (15) and Harper (12). Nash and Kidd are both Hall of Famers.

Who to vote for

Jason Kidd was the point guard on the Mavericks championship team in 2011, but he played his prime years in Phoenix and New Jersey. Dallas drafted him in 1994, but traded him to the Suns in 1996. The Mavs acquire him back via trade in 2008, but Kidd was 34 years old at that point.

Steve Nash played his best years in Phoenix. He was a two-time All-Star with the Mavericks, but departed in free agency just as he was reaching his prime.

Brad Davis came to Dallas in 1980. He played 12 seasons before retiring as a Maverick in 1992. Davis led the NBA in offensive rating three times in four seasons from 1983 to 1986.

Derek Harper was one of the best two-way guards in the league during his prime. His best statistical season came in 1991 when he averaged 19.7 points, 7.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game.

Mavericks fans cannot go wrong in this vote. I’d personally learn towards Harp, but they are all fantastic options.

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Stay tuned to the team’s Twitter for the remaining polls. Fans can write Dirk’s name in ink. The other four spots will be up for grabs in the days ahead.