A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : YouTube.com/NBA . Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t played a game of basketball in a month, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get all of our hearts a-flutterin’ as we look forward to this year’s NBA Finals.
PF : Pro Hoops History . Curtis Harris delves into the career of George McGinnis, who put up some ridiculous statistics in both the ABA and NBA.
SF : Daily Thunder . Thunder super-scribe Royce White discusses the various options Oklahoma City has with disappointing big man Kendrick Perkins.
SG : SB Nation . It wasn’t because of a terrible mismatch, and it wasn’t because he was playing poorly, but Tim Duncan sat out the crucial stages of his team’s series-deciding win on Thursday night. Mike Prada tries to discovery why that was, exactly.
PG : Sports Illustrated . Rob Mahoney also breaks down parts of the same stretch with a focus on Kawhi Leonard, who has been playing brilliant (and somewhat frighteningly-good) ball with Duncan off of the floor.
For the second consecutive summer, the Dallas Mavericks could have significant salary cap space on hand if they choose to pass on re-signing some of their free agents. And, for the second straight year, this is in spite of Dirk Nowitzki’s much-deserved but massive individual contract, something that paid him nearly $21 million this season and nearly $23 million in 2013-14 .
After being passed over by Deron Williams and left wanting in Dwight Howard trade negotiations, he Mavericks did well last year to put together what felt like a good enough roster to make the playoffs. The team acquisitions (O.J. Mayo, Darren Collison, Chris Kamen) all came through with up and down seasons, though, while Elton Brand sadly was a bit of a non-factor. The biggest problem above all was the loss of Nowitzki to a knee injury to start the season. Dallas competed for a playoff berth towards the end of the campaign, but with Nowitzki taking to nearly the season’s midpoint to start playing like the superstar he is, the Mavs just didn’t have a chance.
Now Dirk is talking up the future. He wants Dwight Howard. He wants Chris Paul. He wants to part of the draft decision-making process. And he wants some pizza, dammit.
Dirk Nowitzki has played all 15 of his NBA seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, and has amassed quite a fortune while doing so. Not counting endorsements, the 11-time All-Star has pulled in $204 million in career earnings, which puts him fifth all-time in that category in league history. As a result, when it’s time for…
COMMENTARY | For the first time in 13 seasons, the Dallas Mavericks didn't reach the NBA's postseason. Without Dirk Nowitzki the Mavs got off to a tepid start in 2013, going .500 in their first 20 games. And while winning streaks have become massively overhyped in the age of 24-hour media, Dallas wasn't able to put together a winning streak of more than four games throughout the entire season.
May 5 (Reuters) - Winners of the National BasketballAssociation's Most Valuable Player award. 2012-13 LeBron James (Miami) 2011-12 LeBron James (Miami) 2010-11 Derrick Rose (Chicago) 2009-10 LeBron James (Cleveland) 2008-09 LeBron James (Cleveland) 2007-08 Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) 2006-07 Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) 2005-06 Steve Nash (Phoenix) 2004-05 Steve Nash (Phoenix) 2003-04 Kevin Garnett (Minnesota) 2002-03 Tim Duncan (San Antonio) 2001-02 Tim Duncan (San Antonio) 2000-01 Allen Iverson (Philadelphia) 1999-00 Shaquille O'Neal (Los Angeles Lakers) 1998-99 Karl Malone (Utah) 1997-98 ...
DALLAS (AP) -- Darren Collison scored 25 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 16 and the Dallas Mavericks finished their worst season in 13 years on a winning note, beating New Orleans 99-87 in its final game as the Hornets on Wednesday night.
Nowitzki scored 19 points in becoming the 17th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the New Orleans Hornets 107-89 on Sunday night.
The Scoop:Nowitzki is averaging 20.7 points over his last three games, 3.5 more than his season mark.
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Dallas Mavericks Prospective Free Agent Profile: Josh Smith (Yahoo! Contributor Network) (2 Days Ago | courtesy: Yahoo! Contributor Network) COMMENTARY | The Dallas Mavericks have an abundance of salary cap space heading into this offseason and pure logic would suggest that they will be one of the more active players in both the free agent and trade markets this summer. And while there are only two viable franchise centerpieces on the market via unrestricted free agency in Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, the Mavericks will certainly look at a bevy of other free agent options. More...