11 Mavericks cult heroes everyone else should have loved

The rest of the NBA should have loved these Mavericks.
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3. Jason Terry

Terry did not start his career in Dallas, but he will always be known as a Maverick. He was the tenth overall pick by the Hawks in 1999 and spent his first five seasons in Atlanta. The Jet was a starter in four of the five years. He averaged 18.3 points, 5.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 37.7 minutes per game from 2001 to 2004, but the Hawks never won more than 35 games and missed the playoffs all four years.

The Mavs traded Antoine Walker and Tony Delk for Terry, Alan Henderson, and a first-round pick in August 2004. The Jet was a starter for the first three years, including their run to the 2006 finals, before settling in as a sixth man.

The 6’2 guard won Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 but cemented his legacy as a Mavericks legend in 2011. Terry tattooed the Larry O’Brien trophy on his arm before the start of the regular season. It was the start of a magical run that ended with a ring.

Jason Terry left the Dallas Mavericks in 2012 and played six more years in the league for four different teams. The Jet was a key scorer and co-star for Dirk Nowitzki throughout his eight seasons with the franchise. He is a legend in Dallas and deserves more recognition league-wide.