Top 10 Dallas Mavericks of All-Time

Top 10 Dallas Mavericks of All-Time


Dallas Mavericks

Honorable Mentions:

20. Detlef Schrempf

19. Devin Harris

18. Shawn Marion

17. Jerry Stackhouse

16. Jamal Mashburn

15. Monta Ellis

14. James Donaldson

13. Jay Vincent

12. Roy Tarpley

11. Josh Howard

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10. Sam Perkins

Seasons in Dallas:

6 (1984-1990)

Stats w/ Dallas:

14.4 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 1.9 Stocks, 47.7 FG%

Sam Perkins spent 17 years in the NBA, and his first six seasons were with the Mavericks organization. Perkins averaged about 14 points and eight rebounds per year in Dallas, and he earned first-team All-Rookie honors. After his rookie season (1984-85), Sam Perkins established himself as a starter in the Mavericks’ lineup. After becoming a starter, he averaged between 14.2 and 15.9 PPG, 7.5 and 8.99 RPG and consistently shot just under 50 percent from the floor and above 80 percent from the foul-line. He is the only member of the Dallas Mavericks to ever record a 30-20 when he scored 31 points and grabbed 20 rebounds against Houston on December 12, 1986. The 6’9 power forward is all over the Mavericks’ career lists, though. Perkins ranks third in total rebounds, eighth in points, sixth in blocks and ninth in steals. Perkins left the Mavericks after the 1989-90 season when he surprised Dallas by signing with the L.A. Lakers, but he will always be appreciated for his 6 season in Dallas.


9. Steve Nash

Seasons in Dallas:

6 (1998-2004)

Stats w/ Dallas:

14.6 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 7.2 APG, 1.0 Stocks, 46.8 FG%

Steve Nash, acquired in a trade from Phoenix prior to the 1998-99 season, was part of the resurgence that saw the Mavericks become of a member of the NBA’s elite teams in the early part of the 2000s. Nash came off the bench in a limited role during his first two NBA seasons, but with the Mavericks, he evolved into the fantastic shooter and passer he is today. He truly broke out in his third season with the team, becoming a full-time starter while raising his scoring average (8.6 to 15.6) and his assists (4.9 to 7.3) as the Mavericks improved from 40 wins to 53 wins and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. In his final three seasons in Dallas, Nash never shot lower than 46.5 percent from the floor, 40.5 percent from beyond the arc and 88.7 percent from the charity stripe, and averaged between 14.5 and 17.9 points and 7.3 and 8.8 assists. He will always be known for his great MVP seasons with the Phoenix Suns, but we shouldn’t overlook his days as a Maverick.


8. Brad Davis

Seasons in Dallas:

12 (1980-1992)

Stats w/ Dallas:

8.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 5.1 APG, 1.0 Stocks, 51.0 FG%

Brad Davis was a member of the first Dallas roster, and he spent the final 12 years of his NBA career in a Mavericks’ uniform. The University of Maryland product compiled the second-most assists and ranks sixth-best in the steals category. From 1980-81 through 1984-85, he was the Mavericks’ primary point guard, averaging between 6.2 and 7.1 assists per game during that span. He also provided some scoring, averaging between 10.1 and 12.1 points per game while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. In 1985, there was a changing of the guard as Derek Harper began to take on more of the responsibilities as the team’s chief floor general. From that point on, Davis provided quality production off the bench, distributing the ball and shooting it well from the floor. He was the first Maverick to have his jersey retired when his No. 15 was raised to the rafters at Reunion Arena in 1991.


7. Jason Kidd

Seasons in Dallas:

8 (1994-1997, 2007-2012)

Stats w/ Dallas:

10.5 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 8.4 APG, 2.3 Stocks, 39.1 FG%

Jason Kidd broke into the league with Dallas, and after stints with the Phoenix Suns and New Jersey, he returned to the Mavericks where he won his first and only ring. One of the greatest point guards in NBA history, Kidd’s first go-around in Dallas saw the team improve by 23 games in his rookie season which was good enough to be chosen as Rookie of the Year and was named to two All-Star teams during his two stints in Dallas. In his second stint, beyond leading the Mavs to the 2011 NBA Championship with Dirk Nowitzki, J-Kidd 9/9/7 and asserted himself as one of the best three point shooters in the league, something that he struggled at mightily in his first couple years in the NBA. Kidd showed what hard work and leadership can do for a team and Mark Cuban and Dirk Nowitzki will forever be grateful.


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