There have been a lot of players that have come and gone for the Dallas Mavericks since I started watching in the 90s. I am doing my favorite Mavs based on guys that I really saw play so greats like Rolando Blackman, Derek Harper, Mark Aguirre and Brad Davis among others will not be listed although I respect what they accomplished for the franchise a great deal. It’s tough to name only 5 favorites for me, but let’s give it a shot.
This is the most obvious choice. Dirk Nowitzki is the greatest Maverick of all-time. Dirk is the leader in just about every statistical category and brought the franchise its only championship in 2011. The “Big German” now has a street named after him right outside the AAC.
Two of my favorite moments from Dirk’s career are him running off the court after winning the championship and his duel from the 2004-05 season with Tracy McGrady. Dirk score 53 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. McGrady had 48 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
Luka Doncic has quickly jumped into my top favorite Mavs of all-time despite only being in his second year in the NBA. Luka won Rookie of the Year in 2019 and has already surpassed the Mavs franchise record for triple doubles with 22 despite just turning 21 in February.
My favorite moment so far in Luka’s short career is his 11-0 run against the Houston Rockets to lead Dallas to a victory.
Jason “JET” Terry was acquired in deal with the Atlanta Hawks before the 2004-2005 season. Terry won the Sixth Man of the Year in 2009 and averaged 15.8 points per game during the 2010-11 season and was a vital part of that championship run. Terry was the most vocal during that championship run about how much he still hurt from losing in the 2006 finals.
My favorite moment for “The Jet” as a Maverick is him hitting nine three pointers against the Los Angeles Lakers in game 4 of the 2011 Western Conference Semifinal matchup to complete the sweep.
Deshawn Stevenson is another member of the 2011 championship Mavs team. Stevenson wasn’t here for very long and is certainly not one of the top five best players in franchise history, but his role was very important on a championship team. His toughness and willingness to step up for his teammates is something I wish the current Mavs team had. Stevenson came to Dallas in 2010 as a good defender but developed into a very reliable three point shooter.
My favorite moment for Stevenson as a Mav is when he got off the team plane after winning the championship with a “Hey Lebron, how’s my Dirk taste?” shirt.
When I first started really remembering basketball, it was during the Steve Nash, Michael Finley and Dirk years. I had a poster on my wall with the three of them. Finley spent time with four different franchises and won a championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. Finley spent the most time and had his best seasons as professional during the 9 seasons with the Mavericks.
My favorite Finley moment/game is from 1998 when the Mavs played the bulls and Finley scored 32 points against Michael Jordan.
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