Category Archives: Dallas Mavericks
1st Round-Shane Larkin (via trade)
Guard from Miami
Mavs did some trading on draft night, but landed the ACC player of the year. Larkin could be a center piece of the franchise, if they go the rebuilding route. If they still feel they can win now, Larkin might be traded to create cap space.
2nd Round-Ricky Ledo
Guard from Providence
Ledo never played college ball, he had some academic issues and opted to just enter the draft. Ledo is an athletic shooting guard, and the Mavs just have to pray he matures. Again, the big Mavs target is Dwight Howard, so both picks might not ever make it to Big D.
The Dallas Mavericks lost on Wednesday night to the Suns, officially eliminating them from the post season. This is the first time since 2000 that the Mavs failed to make the post season, marking an unbelievably disappointing season that started in the off season with the failure to land a big free agent. Mark Cuban is left to pick up the pieces, and pray that Dwight Howard or some other big time free agent even gives the Mavs the time of day.
Cuban broke up the Mavs 2011 championship team in hopes of making cap space to land a top free agent or two, but failed to get Dallas native Deron Williams, instead opted to film the tv show “Shark Tank”. The Mavs will have a lottery pick, and perhaps with a lucky bounce can get a top 10 pick. But as of now, the Mavs are left looking at the broken pieces of their season, wondering how did we fall from the top so fast.
The Mavs, like many other NBA teams, decided to stick with what they have instead of making a trade. Now, the Mavs don’t feel they don’t need any more personnel to make a run at another title, it’s just that the Mavs have basically called this season a wash. They’ll never admit it, but after striking out with Derron Williams this past offseason, the Mavs decided to wait until Dwight Howard hit the market. Now Dwight was traded to the Lakers before the start of the season, and logic would indicate that the Lakers trading for Howard ended the D12 sweepstakes. Then, something great happened (if you’re a mavs fan or lakers hater), the Lakers ended up having a terrible 1st half of the season. The team of Kobe, Nash, and Howard has been such a disaster that Howard staying in LA doesn’t seem like a slam dunk anymore.
Lakers took a big gamble trading for Howard, knowing he only had 1 year left on his contract, and knowing he publicly stated he didn’t want to play for the Lakers. The Lakers hoped his attitude would change, and winning with Kobe in Hollywood would make Dwight fall in love. Well, the Lakers worst nightmare is occurring, Dwight and Kobe don’t seem to get along, and the Lakers aren’t even a playoff team as of today.
All this is good news for 3 NBA teams, the Rockets, Hawks, and Mavs. These are the 3 teams with enough cap space to sign Howard, if he chooses to leave LA. Now the big challenge will be for the Mavs to convince Howard to come to Big D. The Hawks and the Rockets have more young talent to surround Howard with, so the sell will be a tough one for Mark Cuban. But the Mavs can sell 1 thing, and that is recent success. The Mavs have been one of the top franchises in Basketball for the last 10 years, and Cuban has shown a willingness to do what it takes to get back on top. It won’t be easy, but never count out Cuban, he struck out this past offseason, and will be ready to redeem himself.
Now all the Mavs have to do is sit back, hope the Lakers continue to implode, and get ready to go all in on D12. Cuban might want to skip Shark Tank this time around, because if the Mavs miss out on Howard, it might spell the end of the Dirk era of competing for titles.