The Dallas Mavericks have enjoyed a rich history, with much of their success coming in this millennium. Thanks to owner Mark Cuban’s willingness to put a good product on the floor, the team has been competitive far more than it hasn’t in recent years.
Fans also have the luxury of watching an all-time great still don the Dallas uniform. We take a look at the top 10 list here:
10. Steve Nash
Steve Nash is one of the NBA’s greatest point guards of all-time, and he gained prominence in Dallas. Before winning multiple MVP Awards, Nash learned the ropes in Dallas from 1998-2004. He made two All-Star Games with the Mavericks and would go on to play in six more following his departure to Phoenix. Nash is a lock Hall of Famer when he comes up for voting.
9. Sam Perkins
Perkins cut his teeth with the Mavericks, where he emerged as a dominant force. Perkins, who spent his first six years with the club, recorded the first 30-point, 20-rebound effort in franchise history. He was a member of the All-Rookie Team and scored his career-high of 45 points with the Mavs in 1990. Perkins was also a driving force in helping Dallas reach the playoffs from 1985-1990.
8. Jason Terry
Like Jason Kidd, Jason Terry’s veteran leadership helped the Mavericks win the 2011 NBA championship. After starting his career in Atlanta, Terry spent eight seasons in Dallas, where the Mavericks were one of the most successful organizations during that time. Known as “Jet,” Terry was a Sixth Man of the Year in Dallas. He was one of Nowitzki’s most important sidekicks during their prominent years.
7. Brad Davis
Davis became the face of the original Dallas Mavericks team of 1980-81. Selected in the expansion draft, Davis would go on to play with Dallas for 12 seasons. An ironman for the Mavericks, the organization retired his No. 15 for the contributions he made to the team.
6. Michael Finley
Finley spent 15 years in the NBA, and his best years were with the Mavericks. He was a sharpshooter who played alongside Dirk Nowitzki during Dallas’ most successful run in the early 2000s. In 1996, Finley led the Mavs in both scoring and assists, showing how valuable he was in multiple facets of the game. He played in two All-Star Games for the Mavs, and he averaged 15.7 PPG throughout his storied career.
5. Derek Harper
Harper’s No. 12 jersey will be retired by the Mavericks organization on Jan. 18. The legendary Mav was part of the team on two separate occasions, where he was known as one of the league’s better defenders, making him beloved by the Dallas faithful. Harper is currently an analyst for the Mavs’ TV broadcasts.
4. Jason Kidd
Kidd enjoyed two separate stints in Dallas, one of which ended with a championship. His presence and on-court leadership helped Cuban win that elusive title, which ranks Kidd highly on this list. His decision to re-sign with Dallas after entering free agency–which followed a trade from the New Jersey Nets–enabled the Mavericks to finally win a championship. Kidd will also go down as one of the best point guards in league history.
3. Rolando Blackman
Blackman spent 11 fruitful years with the Mavs, as he went to four All-Star Games and had his No. 22 jersey retired by the organization. He also helped the Mavericks reach the playoffs on six separate occasions, which helped launch Dallas as a prominent NBA team. Blackman held the franchise record for points until Dirk Nowitzki eclipsed that mark in 2008.
2. Mark Aguirre
The Mavs’ first-overall pick in the 1981 NBA Draft, Aguirre never averaged less than 20 PPG with the organization. He was a 3-time All-Star and would later go on to win two titles with the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons. Aguirre was the face of the Mavs’ franchise for those early days in Dallas.
1. Dirk Nowitzki
Nowitzki is an NBA great, and he also happens to have played his entire career in Dallas. A first-round pick in 1998, Nowitzki’s legendary career has spanned three decades, and he’s still going strong to this day. He has won an MVP Award, a Finals MVP Award, and a 2011 championship. A 13-time All-Star, Nowitzki’s career accomplishments are a mile long.