Dallas Mavericks: All-time starting 5 for the franchise

By Noah Rubinstein
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks Tyson Chandler AFP PHOTO/FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks all-time starting center: Tyson Chandler

The Mavs cycled through a plethora of centers. From Desagana Diop to Shawn Bradley, to Eric Dampier and everything in between, none of them were as impactful as Tyson Chandler. He only played two seasons for the Mavericks, but that was enough to earn him the final starting spot.

Chandler may lose this spot to Kristaps Porzingis soon, but he earns the nod for being the perfect frontcourt complement to Dirk. Chandler made a massive impact on the Mavs championship team.

In 2011, Chandler averaged, 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game while shot 65.4 percent from the field. He anchored the Mavericks defense. He was a key piece of their playoff run. Without Chandler, the Mavs defense is not on the level it needs to be for them to finally win a championship.

Helping Dallas with their first and only championship plus getting Dirk over the hump is enough of an emotional reason for him to be on this list. Additionally, his statistical and defensive impact support it. Tyson Chandler should have won Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, but instead took it home in 2012 while playing for the Knicks.

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He returned to the Mavericks in 2014. Chandler led the team in win shares before leaving for Phoenix in the offseason. Two seasons was enough to earn him a spot in the Dallas Mavericks all-time starting five.