Jason Kidd is the best player the Mavericks have ever drafted

Posted Saturday, Jun. 22, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
A
2013 NBA Draft 6 p.m. Thursday, New York, ESPN First round
1. CLE
2. ORL
3. WAS
4. CHA
5. PHX
6. NO
7. SAC
8. DET
9. MIN
10. POR
11. PHI
12. OKC
13. DAL
14. UTA
15. MIL
16. BOS
17. ATL
18. ATL
19. CLE
20. CHI
21. UTA
22. BKN
23. IND
24. NY
25. LAC
26. MIN
27. DEN
28. SA
29. OKC
30. PHX
Mavs targets: The Mavs could pick from a number of players, including Lehigh PG C.J. McCollum, Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams, Georgia SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Germany PG Dennis Schroeder or Miami PG Shane Larkin. But more than likely the Mavs will trade the pick so they can have more salary-cap space.

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

In their 33-year history in the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks haven’t had many players who they drafted that went on to have long careers with them.

While forward Dirk Nowitzki has played all 15 of his seasons with the Mavericks and is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 25,051 points, he officially wasn’t drafted by Dallas. The Milwaukee Bucks used the ninth pick of the 1998 draft to select Nowitzki.

However, in a pre-draft trade agreement, the Bucks traded Nowitzki to the Mavs for Robert Traylor, whom the Mavs drafted for the Bucks with the No. 6 overall pick.

With the 2013 NBA Draft slated for Thursday night in Brooklyn, here are the top five draft picks in Mavs history. The players were chosen in order of their impact on the Mavs’ organization.

1. Jason Kidd

No. 2 overall, 1994

• Kidd played for the Mavs from 1994-97 and again from 2008-12. He played 500 of his 1,391 career games with the Mavs, and helped lead them to their only NBA title in 2011.

• A future Hall of Famer, Kidd and Grant Hill were selected co-rookies of the year. Kidd also was selected to the all-rookie first team.

• Regarded as one of the NBA’s all-time best point guards, Kidd was a 10-time All-Star, with one of those coming as a member of the Mavs. In 1996, Kidd became the only player in Mavs history selected by the fans to start in an All-Star Game.

2. Rolando Blackman

No. 9 overall, 1981

• He played for the Mavs from 1981-92 and was an All-Star in 1985, ’86, ’87 and ’90.

• A shooting guard with a deft shooting stroke, Blackman never fouled out of any of the 865 games he played in for the Mavs. He is the Mavs’ No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 16,643 points and the Mavs have retired his No. 22 jersey.

• In the 1983-84 season, Blackman averaged 22.4 ppg and shot 54.6 percent from the field.

3. Mark Aguirre

No. 1 overall, 1981

• Aguirre is the only player in Mavs history who was the NBA’s No. 1 overall pick in any draft. Aguirre played for the Mavs from 1981 until they traded him to the Detroit Pistons on Feb. 15, 1989.

• An All-Star small forward in 1984, ’87 and ’88, Aguirre is third on the Mavs’ all-time scoring list with 13,930 points. From 1982-88, Aguirre went six straight seasons where he averaged at least 22 ppg. He finished in the Top 10 in scoring five times, including second in the 1983-84 season, when his 29.5 ppg still ranks as the highest single-season scoring average in Mavs history.

• As a rookie, Aguirre averaged 18.7 ppg and shot 46.5 percent from the field. In all, he played 566 of his career 923 games with the Mavs.

4. Derek Harper

No. 11 overall, 1983

• A sure-handed point guard, Harper played for the Mavs from 1983-94, and again during the 1996-97 season. He also played 872 of his 1,199 career games with the Mavs.

• A fierce two-way player, Harper used his 6-foot-4 height and cat-quick feet to earn a berth on the NBA’s all-defensive second team in 1987 and ’90.

• After averaging 5.7 ppg as a rookie, Harper increased his scoring average in each of his seven seasons. Harper is regarded as one of the NBA’s best players to never play in an All-Star Game.

5. Josh Howard

No. 29 overall, 2003

• He played for the Mavs from 2003 until they shipped him to Washington on Feb. 13, 2010 in a multi-player package that landed Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood in Dallas. Howard has played 431 of his 507 career games with the Mavs.

• Howard was the last pick of the first round of a deep draft that included LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Kirk Hinrich, David West, Boris Diaw and Kendrick Perkins.

• He was selected to the NBA’s all-rookie second team in 2004, and also averaged 18.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg during the 2006-07 campaign when he was selected to the All-Star Game.

Dwain Price, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @dwainprice

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Saturday, November 22Full Scoreboard
No games today
Full Scoreboard
Saturday, November 22Full Scoreboard
Phoenix «106Final | Box
Indiana83
Miami «99Final | Box
Orlando92
Toronto «110Final | Box
Cleveland93
Philadelphia83Final | Box
New York «91
Dallas864th Qtr 3:22 | Box
Houston81TV: FSN-SW, CSN-HOU
Sacramento1064th Qtr 1:45 | Box
Minnesota97TV: CSN-CA, FSN-N
Washington743rd Qtr 1:00 | Box
Milwaukee68TV: CSN-DC+, FSN-WI
Brooklyn694th Qtr 9:02 | Box
San Antonio81TV: YES, FSN-SW
New Orleans573rd Qtr | Box
Utah40TV: NBA TV, ROOT-NW
Full Scoreboard
Week 12Full Scoreboard
Thursday
Kansas City20Final | Box
Oakland «24Gridiron Replay
Sunday
Cleveland 1:00 PM ET
Atlanta TV: CBS
Tampa Bay 1:00 PM ET
Chicago TV: FOX
Cincinnati 1:00 PM ET
Houston TV: CBS
Jacksonville 1:00 PM ET
Indianapolis TV: CBS
Green Bay 1:00 PM ET
Minnesota TV: FOX
Detroit 1:00 PM ET
New England TV: FOX
Tennessee 1:00 PM ET
Philadelphia TV: CBS
St. Louis 4:05 PM ET
San Diego TV: FOX
Arizona 4:05 PM ET
Seattle TV: FOX
Miami 4:25 PM ET
Denver TV: CBS
Washington 4:25 PM ET
San Francisco TV: CBS
Dallas 8:30 PM ET
NY Giants TV: NBC
Monday
NY Jets 7:00 PM ET
Buffalo TV: CBS
Baltimore 8:30 PM ET
New Orleans TV: ESPN
Full Scoreboard
Saturday, November 22Full Scoreboard
St. Louis «3Final | Box
Ottawa2
Montreal «2Final | Box
Boston0
Detroit1Final | Box
Toronto «4
Minnesota1Final | Box
Tampa Bay «2
Pittsburgh1Final | Box
NY Islanders «4
Columbus2Final | Box
Philadelphia «4
Buffalo «2Final | Box
Washington1
Florida03rd Prd 7:01 | Box
Nashville1TV: FSN-FL
Los Angeles33rd Prd 18:17 | Box
Dallas5TV: FSN-W, FSN-SW+
Carolina32nd Prd 10:31 | Box
Colorado2TV: FSN-CAR, Altitude
New Jersey11st Prd 15:09 | Box
Calgary0TV: MSG+2, SNET
Chicago21st Prd 14:01 | Box
Edmonton0TV: CBC, TVA Sports 2, WGN
Arizona 11/22 10:30 PM ET
San Jose TV: FSN-AZ, CSN-CA
Full Scoreboard