10. Pat Garrity
Garrity was drafted 19th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft and was part of arguably the two biggest trades in Mavericks history.
The 6’9 forward joined Dirk Nowitzki in coming to Dallas as the Bucks traded nine and 19 to move up to sixth overall to select Robert Traylor. The Mavericks were not done, though. They needed a point guard to pair with the teenage German, so Dallas traded Garrity, Bubba Wells, Martin Muursepp, and a 1999 first-round pick for Steve Nash.
It was the start of the Mavericks turnaround. They missed the playoffs for a decade straight before Nowitzki got them back in 2001, and it may not have been possible without Pat Garrity. Dirk has talked about how Nash helped him get through his first season, and the duo became stars together. If the Mavs were happy keeping Garrity, Nash likely does not end up in Dallas, and Nowitzki’s career would be extremely different.
Pat Garrity played a decade in the NBA, including nine seasons with the Orlando Magic. He averaged 7.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game for his career. The 6’9 forward retired in 2008 and is currently the assistant general manager for the Detroit Pistons.