Dallas Mavericks history: 5 all-time players we’re most thankful for

By Noah Rubinstein
Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki Mandatory Credit: Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks players we’re thankful for: 5. Brad Davis

The Mavs have retired three players’ jerseys in team history. Dirk Nowitzki will soon join Brad Davis, Derrick Harper, and Rolando Blackman. Only one of those men has been involved with the organization since the beginning.

Davis bounced around the NBA and even ended up playing in Alaska before the Mavericks were formed as an expansion team. According to Mavs.com, “Brad Davis was on the verge of giving up on basketball when the Dallas Mavericks came calling.”

The 6’3 point guard had never averaged more than six points per game, but the Mavericks decided to take a chance on him. Davis remained a member of the team until he retired 12 years later at the age of 36. He was a strong contributor on the Maverick’s first playoff win, first series win, and their famous trip to the Western Conference Finals against the Los  Angeles Lakers in 1988.

Davis’ best statistical season was in 1982 when he averaged 12.1 points and 6.2 assists per game. In the following year, Davis also led the team in win shares at 7.4.

Besides his on the court presence, Mavs fans should be thankful for his commitment to the team after retirement. Davis has been a valued member of the Mavericks radio broadcast for many years and his love for the team deserves plenty of thanks from Mavs nation.

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