The Dallas Mavericks joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1980 with the legendary Dick Motta as their head coach. It was a rough first three seasons before Dallas made the playoffs. Then, they qualified for five straight years, including a trip to the conference finals in 1988, followed by a decade-long playoff drought that was snapped by Dirk Nowitzki.
The Tall Baller from the G made the Mavs one of the most successful franchises since 2000, and current superstar Luka Doncic plans to carry the mantle. Dallas has made 24 playoff appearances in 43 seasons, but who are the best players to ever wear their uniform?
For consideration in this countdown, only time with the Mavericks counts. Steve Nash was a two-time MVP in Phoenix, but only his six seasons in Dallas factor in here. How long they played for the Mavs, and the team’s success matter too in this countdown.
Top 30 Dallas Mavericks of all time
30. Brandan Wright
Wright played just three and a half seasons in Dallas where he averaged 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game. He started just 16 of his 198 contests with the Mavs, so why did he make the list?
Wright is second in win shares per 48 minutes with the Mavericks. Tyson Chandler tops the list, which means Wright is ahead of Dirk Nowitzki. The advanced metric is quite favorable to big men, but still being second in any advanced stat ahead of the Mavericks GOAT deserves special recognition.
Brandan Wright played ten years in the NBA for seven different teams mostly as a backup big man. He retired after the 2017-2018 season, and the forgotten Maverick was the perfect player to kick off the countdown of the team's greats.
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