8. Brad Davis
Davis was one of the original Mavericks. The 6’3 point guard was the 15th overall pick in the 1977 NBA Draft by the Lakers, but he struggled to find a consistent role. Los Angeles cut him after playing just five games in 1978, and he saw limited action for the Jazz and Pacers before arriving in Dallas.
They were an expansion franchise, and things were made worse when their first draft pick Kiki Vanderweigh refused to play for the franchise. The Mavs won just 15 games in their first season, but Davis thrived in his first meaningful playing time. He averaged 11.2 points, 6.9 assists, and 0.9 steals in 30.1 minutes per game, which kicked off a five-run year as the team’s starter in the backcourt.
In total, Davis played 12 seasons with the Mavericks, and he is second all-time in games played with the franchise behind Dirk Nowitzki. The 6’3 guard helped them make their first playoff appearance in 1984, and he was a key piece off the bench when they reached the conference finals in 1988.
Brad Davis has been with the Dallas Mavericks from the beginning, and he still does the radio broadcasts for the franchise. The 67-year-old is one of four players to have his jersey retired by the team, and he will forever be one of the all-time great Mavs.