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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #24 Round 2: #56

Draft History
2008: 2007: 2006: 2005:
None None 28. Maurice Ager None
* Draft rights traded

2008–2009 Record

  • 50-32, lost in Western Conference semifinals


  • 110.5 (Fifth)


  • 108.4 (17th)

Free Agents:

Areas of Strength:

Ability to score the ball. Nowitzki is still at the top of his game and capable of carrying a team. Terry and Howard can take over in stretches and can rack up 20 on any given night.

Needs Work:

Defense took a step back from the Avery Johnson years, especially allowing penetration and protecting the rim. That’s a serious issue in the point-guard happy West

Two Stats That Matter:

  • 9 -- Consecutive 50-win seasons, tied for the fourth-longest streak in league history.
  • 0-11 -- Record when scoring fewer than 90 points in the regular season.

The Way To Go:

Kidd is the first domino. If the future Hall of Famer doesn’t return, a top-flight point guard becomes priority No. 1. Look for at least one core piece to be moved, with Howard at the top of the list and then Dampier. Both their deals can expire after the coming season. Stackhouse has a desirable contract (only $2 million guaranteed) to offer up. Teams will come after Bass, whose role fluctuated before a strong finish. Hollins is intriguing from an athletic standpoint. Nowitzki needs another All-Star-caliber talent, such as Michael Redd or Vince Carter, to ease his burden. With cash-strapped teams looking to sell, the Mavericks can buy.

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