The Dallas Mavericks do not have the longevity and history of some NBA franchises. The American Airlines Center may not be littered with championship banners (nobody will forget 2011) and retired jersey numbers, but the Mavs have had their fair share of icons who have made a significant impact on the team and the record books.
Synonymous with the legendary players they represented, jersey numbers become a thing of lore across fandoms. With the ability to transcend time, there’s always something special about seeing a certain number on the court, 23, 32, 33, and in the case of the Dallas Mavericks, 41.
Supporters expect the players wearing these numbers to continue the legacy, and production of the legendary player. Sometimes they live up to the billing, but far too often, they fall short.
Worst players to wear a Dallas Mavericks legend’s number after them
No one will ever get the chance to wear the number of the franchise’s ultimate legend, Dirk Nowitzki again. 41 is set to be retired when fans can safely return to the American Airlines Center. Plenty of players have donned a Dallas uniform and earned status as a franchise legend. In most cases, another player has been forced to try to live up to the hype that they established.
Dirk will soon be the fourth Maverick to have his jersey in the rafters. Derek Harper, Brad Davis, and Rolando Blackman earned the honor. No player can wear 12, 15, or 22 in Dallas.
Here are the five Dallas Mavericks legends and the players that followed, which failed to live up to the hype.
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